Handbook of the Economics of Education, Volume 1 (Handbooks by Eric A Hanushek, F. Welch

By Eric A Hanushek, F. Welch

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An implication of rational choice is the formation of income differences that are required 19 Mincer has estimated several variants of this equation. Apart from alternative time shapes for the expe- rience profiles, he was also concerned about whether schooling has a diminishing impact, the interaction between schooling and experience and the role of labor supply. These are empirically important issues yet the version in the text has become most popular in subsequent applications. 36 Y. Rubinstein and Y.

1. Mincer’s earnings function Jacob Mincer discovered an important empirical regularity in the wage (earnings) structure. Average earnings of workers (in a given schooling-experience group) are tied to schooling and work experience in a relatively precise manner as summarized by the now familiar Mincer equation ln Yit = α + βsi + γ (t − si ) − δ(t − si )2 + · · · , (31) where Yit are annual earnings (or weekly or hourly wage) of person i in year t, si are the years of schooling completed by person i and (t − si ) are the accumulated years of (potential) work experience of person i by year t.

A worker K who is now employed at firm Rt and meets (with probability λ) a random draw from the population of employers, R, is willing to switch if and only if R > Rt . However the employer is willing to accept him only if K R. Transition into a better job thus occurs with probability λ(F (K) − F (Rt )). 4. , positive and declining wage growth. In the investment model, the reason for wage growth is that the worker chooses to spend some of his time learning. However, investment declines as a result of the shortened remaining work period, which causes wage growth to taper off.

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