Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/49927
Authors: 
Glocker, Daniela
Steiner, Viktor
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
School of Business & Economics Discussion Paper: Economics 2011/15
Abstract: 
Incentives to invest in higher education are affected by both the direct wage effect of human capital investments and the indirect wage effect resulting from lower unemployment risks and shorter spells in unemployment associated with higher educated. We analyse the returns to education in Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom, countries which differ significantly regarding both their education systems and labour market structure. We estimate augmented Mincerian wage equations accounting for the effects of unemployment on individual wages using EU-SILC data. Across countries we find a high variation of the effect of education on unemployment duration. Overall, the returns to education are estimated to be the highest in the UK, and the lowest for Sweden. A wage decrease due to time spent in unemployment results in a decline in the hourly wages in Austria, Germany and Italy.
Subjects: 
Returns to education
unemployment
EU-SILC
JEL: 
I21
J31
H42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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