Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103521
Authors: 
Burgess, Simon
Dickson, Matt
Macmillan, Lindsey
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8505
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact on earnings inequality of a selective education system in which school assignment is based on initial test scores. We use a large, representative household panel survey to compare adult earnings inequality of those growing up under a selective education system with those educated under a comprehensive system. Controlling for a range of background characteristics and the current location, the wage distribution for individuals who grew up in selective schooling areas is quantitatively more unequal, and the difference is statistically significant. The total effect sizes are large: 14% of the raw 90-10 earnings gap and 18% of the conditional 90-10 earnings gap can be explained by differences across schooling systems.
Subjects: 
selective schooling
inequality
wages
quantile regression
JEL: 
I24
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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