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Title:Why does educational attainment differ across US states? PDF Logo
Authors:Hendricks, Lutz
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1335
Abstract:The fraction of persons holding a college degree differs nearly two-fold across U.S. states. This paper documents data related to state educational attainment differences and explores possible explanations. It shows that highly educated states employ skillbiased technologies, specialize in skill-intensive industries, but do not pay lower skill premia than do less educated states. Moreover, measures of urbanization and population density are positively related to educational attainment. Theories based on agglomeration economies offer natural explanations for these observations.
Subjects:education
agglomeration
JEL:R11
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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