Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181528
Authors: 
Cygan-Rehm, Kamila
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2018: Digitale Wirtschaft - Session: Labor and Unemployment V No. F21-V1
Abstract: 
This study estimates the effect of compulsory schooling on earnings. For identification, I exploit a German reform that extended the duration of secondary schooling in the 1960s. I find that hourly wages increase by 8% per additional year of schooling. This result challenges a study by Pischke and von Wachter (2008) who find zero returns to schooling using the same survey data and reform. I show that their small and insignificant estimates suffer from unconsidered institutional details. A complementary analysis using social security records confirms significant effects on earnings, but yields no effects on employment and eligibility for public transfers.
JEL: 
I21
I26
J31
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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