Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71386
Authors: 
Devereux, Paul J.
Hart, Robert A.
Year of Publication: 
2009
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Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 09/24
Abstract: 
Do students benefit from compulsory schooling? In an important article, Oreopoulos (2006) studied the 1947 British compulsory schooling law change and found large returns to schooling of about 15% using the General Household Survey (GHS). Reanalysing this dataset, we find much smaller returns of about 3% on average with no evidence of any positive return for women and a return for men of 4-7%. Additionally, we utilize the New Earnings Survey Panel Data-set (NESPD) that has earnings information superior to that in the GHS and find similar estimates: zero returns for women and returns of 3 to 4% for men.
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Working Paper

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