The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico

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Author: Binelli, Chiara; Codina, Marta Rubio

Abstract:

Despite the rapid expansion and increasing importance of private education in developing countries, very little is known about the impact of studying in private schools on educational attainment and wages. This paper contributes to filling this gap by estimating the returns to private high schools in Mexico. We construct a unique dataset that combines labor market outcomes and historical school census data, and we exploit changes in the availability and size of public and private high schools across states and over time for identification. We find substantial evidence of a positive effect of studying in a private high school on wages after college graduation, and we discuss alternative mechanisms that can explain this finding.

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Despite the rapid expansion and increasing importance of private education in developing countries, very little is known about the impact of studying in private schools on educational attainment and wages. This paper contributes to filling this gap by estimating the returns to private high schools in Mexico. We construct a unique dataset that combines labor market outcomes and historical school census data, and we exploit changes in the availability and size of public and private high schools across states and over time for identification. We find substantial evidence of a positive ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Teaching and learning; Economics; Income

Keywords: Return on education and training; Private education; Developing economy; Academic achievement; Wage

Geographic subjects: Mexico; North America

Published: [London, England]: Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2012

Physical description: [37] p.

Access item:
http://www.ifs.org.uk/wps/wp1208.pdf

Series:
IFS working paper; no. W12/08

Related items: TD/TNC 115.358

Resource type: Working paper

Call Number:
TD/TNC 108.612



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