Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230676
Authors: 
Chen, Jie
Pastore, Francesco
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 787
Abstract: 
In this paper, we apply Generalized Propensity Score matching (GPSM) method, which deals with a continuous treatment variable, to estimate the returns to education in China from 2010 to 2017. Results are compared with OLS estimates from the classical Mincerian equation, as well as estimates from two instrumental variable methods (i.e., 2SLS and Lewbel). We use the Chinese General Social Survey data, including a subset newly released in 2020. We find that returns to education in China experienced a slight decrease in 2010-2015, but reverted back in 2017. With the more exible GPSM method, we also find that returns to university education remain higher than returns to secondary or compulsory education. The GPSM estimates are also closer to OLS estimates, compared to both instrumental variable methods.
Subjects: 
returns to education
endogeneity
continuous treatment
sample selection
GPSM
IV
Lewbel
China
JEL: 
I26
J30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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