The paper compares private returns to education by gender for 14 EU countries. Building on de la Fuente (2003), we define the rate of return as the discount rate equalizing marginal costs and benefits of education. We extend his model by estimating separately the values of the relevant parameters for men and women and introducing variables specifically related to maternity leaves and benefits. Then, we calibrate the model and we evaluate the elasticities of the returns to education with respect to some policies. In the second part of the paper, we provide some further elements of analysis concerning the returns in Italy. The three key contributions are: estimation of the Mincerian coefficients of the wage equation by gender and by region; computation of the returns to education by gender with the same geographical disaggregation; some counterfactual experiments to evaluate the impact and relevance of several public policies.
|Titolo:||Returns to education in west European countries|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|