Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/99978
Authors: 
Maeder, Miriam
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 147
Abstract: 
This study focuses on the determinants of regional heterogeneity in returns to schooling. School quality, labor market characteristics, and amenities are potential determinants of regional differences. In contrast to previous research, this study jointly evaluates the contribution of the different mechanisms. I find that returns to schooling differ substantially across the West German states, and correlate mainly with institutional features of the school system. A strong positive association between qualitative differences (e.g., curricula contents or teachers' training) and returns to schooling shows that these qualitative aspects may be powerful policy instruments.
Subjects: 
Returns to schooling
state-level heterogeneity
school quality
JEL: 
I21
H52
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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