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Earnings, schooling, and economic reform : econometric evidence from Hungary (1986-2004) (English)

How does the relationship between earnings and schooling change with the introduction of comprehensive economic reform? This article sheds light on this question using a unique data set and procedure to reduce sample-selection bias. The evidence is from consistently coded, nonretrospective data for about 4 million Hungarian wage earners. Returns to skill increased 75 percent from 1986 to 2004 (that is, during the period stretching from communism to full membership in the European Union). The winners were those with a college or university education and those employed in the services sector (which here excludes those in public services). The reform losers were those in construction and agriculture, those with only a primary or vocational education (who experienced a decline in returns to their education), and younger workers who acquired most of their education after the main reforms were in place.

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  • Author

    Campos, Nauro Jolliffe, Dean

  • Document Date

    2007/09/01

  • Document Type

    Journal Article

  • Report Number

    77550

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Hungary,

  • Region

    Europe and Central Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2013/05/27

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Earnings, schooling, and economic reform : econometric evidence from Hungary (1986-2004)

  • Keywords

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Campos, Nauro Jolliffe, Dean

Earnings, schooling, and economic reform : econometric evidence from Hungary (1986-2004) (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/749871468252311914/Earnings-schooling-and-economic-reform-econometric-evidence-from-Hungary-1986-2004