Questions tagged [education-economics]

Economics of Education is the branch of microeconomics that studies production, consumption, externalities of education, as its market peculiarities and non-market effects.

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Why does Thomas Sowell say that "teacher's unions keep schools lousy"?

In this video interview, Thomas Sowell compares the performance of charter schools and public schools, and claims that "teacher's unions keep schools lousy". He seems to infer this from the ...
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measuring the effect of attending a private school on the return to education

In my research methods course project, I'm investigating the impact of attending a private school during primary and secondary education on future wages, utilizing cross-sectional data. I've ...
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Did online learning affect the returns to education?

I am interested to know if online learning during the pandemic affected the returns to university education. Anecdotally, education quality suffered from online learning, I wonder if this harmed ...
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How would you measure automation or technological development?

Hello dear Economists, I am a Political Science Masters student and now I have this paper due 10 days. It is only a paper so I should not model something too complex and also I obviously lack the ...
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data on US college spending

I am writing a research paper on college spending and profit optimization. I need data on US colleges' expenditures, revenues, and the total number of students. Since I am not from the US I am not ...
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Does the government have a role to play in certifying people's abilities for the labor market?

The nature of information often makes it look like a public good. Is this the case for certification of peoples abilities? Is there a role the government could play in certifying people's abilities? ...
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White Flight from Asian Immigration: Evidence from California Public Schools - is the methodology robust?

White Flight from Asian Immigration: Evidence from California Public Schools https://www.nber.org/papers/w31434 suggests that "as Asian students arrive, white student enrollment declines in ...
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Correlation and Causality: Data comparison of educational spending and GDP growth

I am interested as to whether or not Educational spending does or does not affect GDP and GDP growth (and as an aside GDP per Capita). As an overview, I've ranked the countries in each aspect (with 1 ...
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Accounting for differences in average teacher salaries, adjusted for inflation and the cost of living in each state

My aim is to determine whether teacher salaries in all 50 of the United States over between 2013 and 2023—adjusted for inflation and the cost of living—differ significantly. I would like to ask what ...
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How is potential experience usually measured in the Mincer equation?

Wikipedia specifies the Mincer equation like this: $$\ln w = \ln w_0 + \rho s + \beta_1 x + \beta_2 x^2$$ and states that $w$ is wage, $s$ is years of schooling and $x$ is potential experience. ...
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History of Education Economics

I am looking for an historical overview about education economics covering especially the 20th century, e.g. the randomized experiments beginning in the 1960s or the early as well as recent attempts ...
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When can I assume that a variable is exogenous?

I'm looking for the effect of nutritional coffee breaks on MBA performance, and I found that the change to a healthier catering increased the performance of MBA students. Additionally, I want to see ...
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Measures on the composition of the unemployed by educational attainment in the US

I am trying to find statistics on the profile of unemployed individuals in the U.S. categorized by educational attainment. I have found statistics on the unemployment rate for each education group (e....
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How to estimate the impact of college lockdown on students performance?

Some researchers have answered the question in their papers, but I was wondering how one would proceed to estimate the impact of college lockdown on undergrad 1st year students performance, if we ...
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Is egyptology a pyramid scheme: Self-perpetuating university programs

My friend got a degree in egyptology, but can’t get a job, So he’s paying more money to get a Phd, so he can work teaching other people egyptology. In his case college is literally a pyramid scheme. ...
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Dataset on university enrollment?

I'm looking for a dataset with stats on tertiary education enrollment in the US, per state, at least a couple decades back. I've searched but cannot seem to find anything. Could someone help me out?
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Does education have any value for most people's work?

Let me first say that I am not an economist. However, I was having a discussion with one of my friends who claimed that he had absolutely no gain from his education other than it actually being the ...
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analyzing municipality school district finances

I live in a township which has relatively low property taxes but higher property values. The school districts are in the upper quartile with respect to standardized scores. There is no high school. ...
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DSGE model with agents that develop their skills

Are there DSGE models with agents with different skill levels (and according wage differences) who can develop or lose their skills and with employees with dynamic/changing skill levels and skill ...
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Estimates of magnitude of externalities generated by education?

It is standard to claim that education generates positive externalities. For example, Mankiw (2017, Principles of Economics, p. 193): education also yields positive externalities. One externality ...
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Is expensive private school a rational investment?

In Australia, successive conservative Federal governments have increased the share of public funding for non-government schools, and for the top schools the amounts of annual funding are many millions ...
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Is there a pull of skilled workforce from rural to urban areas?

Is there a pull of skilled workforce from rural to urban areas, i.e. is this scientifically described? Especially in the European Union.
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Economics of Education

I would like to ask two questions. What are decent schools to study Economics of Education for a PhD? My second question is if there is anybody who could recommend me a good book or research papers ...
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Would apprenticeships improve the economy long term?

Evening my name is Nick and I am a high school student from Fairfield California and I’m 17, my super hyper theatrical question is about a substitute to college in order to create more efficiency in ...
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Reference recommendation on the causal relationship between family size and children's educational attainment, or the quantity-quality trade-off

I am currently reading both Poor Economics and Factfulness, and two seemingly contradictory statements jump out at me. From Factfulness, and I am kind of taking this statement out of context, but it ...
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Does it make economic sense for only some universities in a certain area to pay their sports scholars?

Apparently ‘Athletic scholarships are common in the United States, but in many countries they are rare or non-existent.’ But are there countries where there are some universities that offer sports ...
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Pricing Education

On what basis do colleges/private schools price a given course assuming class size and direct costs are the same? My current understanding is in my question on private school behaviour regarding the ...
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Does mathematical education imply a better salary?

In some sense this is a follow-up to Correlation between salary level and housing prices in a town There I was reminded to ask for causality, not correlation. I am interested in the causal effect of ...
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Education Spending Ratio

Oscar Tabarez, the current football manager of Uruguay National Team, have urged, after his good results, his governement to raise, as promised, the Education Spending on GDP Ratio to 6%. It is a ...
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Market Power in microeconomic theory

What does the term Market Power mean in microeconomic theory
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Why is everyone suggested to specialize their education?

Why is so common to suggest university students to specialize in order to get a better paid job? This goes completely against the principle of diversification of investments, in order to decrease ...
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Ad-driven skills gap?

In a Business Insider piece I read that: Michael Madowitz, an economist at the Center for American Progress, says he is "unusually unsympathetic to the evergreen skills gap critique." "...
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Analzying K-12 Education: Cost vs. Expenditure?

I have heard constant complaints, particularly from teachers, that (United States) schools are underfunded, and that budget cuts only stand to exacerbate this problem. My own high school couldn't ...
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General equilibrium effects of affirmative action policies

I am interested in the debate about affirmative action in college admissions and I would be happy to read some theoretical economic investigations of the effects of these policies. I would be glad if ...
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What is the economical advantage coming from the ability to speak English?

I'm very much interested in the difference between anglophonic and non-anglophonic countries stemming just from the language skills. I'll be grateful for any references regarding the topic. What is ...
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College enrollment probability model

Im working on college enrollment linear probability model where enrollment is regressed on income. I have the following regressions $$y=\beta_0+\beta_1x_1+u$$ $$y=\beta_0+\beta_1x_1^2+u$$ $$y=\...
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Global Education Indicators - dataset

I've been looking for a dataset with a single education indicator by country so I can rank/compare them but I haven't found anything. Already seen Unesco and Worldbank data but info is too much for ...
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Have there been attempts to measure the value of specific taught skills?

I'm aware there is a body of research concerned with measuring the returns to schooling in general, and there are theoretical pronouncements about what the most valuable things to learn at school are. ...
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Due to rising costs of college tuition, is it likely that the future will have less universities and the remaining only for those of much wealth?

I am very sorry if this is worded wrong. I've looked at the numbers myself and it astounding how much college has gone up in price even for commuters in a few decades. People didn't need these ...
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How to measure quality of education across countries?

For my research, I need a measure of the quality of education that I could apply to multiple countries. It must include quality of tertiary education. Standard measures like HDI Education Index are ...
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Using another person's guess as an IV

In Estimates of the Economic Return to Schooling from a New Sample of Twins by Orley Ashenfelter and Alan Krueger, they correct sampling error with an IV. They claim that their results imply a larger ...
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Why aren't there more super-stars in educational content delivery?

The super-star phenomena seems to happen in any field where the marginal cost of distribution is very low. I think teaching could be that way just as much as acting or playing basketball - at least as ...
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Income Elasticity of Demand for Higher Education

My model has been given as: $$\ln (H_ed) = 18.08 - 0.53\ln Pop -2.01 \ln Distance + 0.47\ln RGD $$ Where (Hed) is higher education, pop is population, and RGD = Real GDP per capita. I have been ...
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Is there any work on equality in a market versus friction?

This is a question about educational economics. There is a phenomenon when studying countries like the USA and Chile (that have implemented voucher systems) that reducing the friction in a "...
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References on Economics of Vouchers

I am interested in key references on the economics of vouchers. In particular I am interested in asking, "Under what conditions are vouchers more or less useful?" Tangentially related resources of a ...
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Rationale behind teaching History in University

I wrote an answer to this question regarding how economists evaluate a specific subject in a given curriculum. Subjects which develop skills that have labour market significance are valuable to a ...
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Sources on Educational intervention changing consumer preferences?

I'm doing some research on how education can change a consumers preference for a given good or service. Im looking for more research papers or books that discuss such a topic. I've looked around ...
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Is education a part of the U.S. exports component of GDP?

I was searching for this but could not find an answer. My question is whether education of the U.S. universities provided to foreign students counts in exports component on GDP. And if so, can we ...
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Is there some kind of consensus on the determinant factors of education achievement?

There is quite a bit of literature on the economics of education. One of the most debated aspects of it arises when estimating the achievement of the student (usually in the form of standardized test ...
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How do Gini coefficients correlate with the cost of higher education?

Are there any studies that explore the higher net present value (NPV) of education in countries with higher Gini coefficients? Additionally, do any of these studies include the impacts of economic ...