Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193228
Authors: 
Jain, Tarun
Mukhopadhyay, Abhiroop
Prakash, Nishith
Rakesh, Raghav
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 11934
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This paper explores the association between studying science at the higher secondary stage and labor market earnings using nationally representative data on high school subject choices and adult outcomes for urban males in India. Results show that those who studied science in high school have 22% greater earnings than those who studied business and humanities, even after controlling for several measures of ability. These higher earnings among science students are further enhanced if the students also have some fluency in English. Moreover, greater earnings are observed among individuals with social and parental support for translating science skills into higher earnings. Science education is also associated with more years of education, likelihood of completing a professional degree, and among low ability students, working in public sector positions.
Subjects: 
high-school majors
labor markets
science
STEM
India
JEL: 
23
I26
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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