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Occupational Information and Labor Market Status: The Case of Young Men
Herbert S. Parnes and Andrew I. Kohen
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Winter, 1975), pp. 44-55
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/145118
Page Count: 12
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A simple occupational information test administered to a national sample of young men 14 to 24 years of age produces scores that are positively related to amount of education, measured intelligence, and socioeconomic status of family of origin. Also, residents of large cities score higher than do farm youth. On the basis of information on average hourly earnings and occupational assignment two years after the administration of the occupational information test, it appears that youth with superior information were successful in obtaining better and higher paying jobs. Implications are drawn for human capital theory and educational policy.
The Journal of Human Resources © 1975 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System