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The Returns to Higher Education in Britain: Evidence from a British Cohort

Richard Blundell, Lorraine Dearden, Alissa Goodman and Howard Reed
The Economic Journal
Vol. 110, No. 461, Features (Feb., 2000), pp. F82-F99
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Royal Economic Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2565942
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

We use British birth cohort panel data to examine the impact that degree level qualifications and other higher education qualifications have on the earnings of individuals in the medium to longer term. We compare the outcomes of these individuals with those of individuals who had the prospect of undertaking Higher Education but chose not to. Our approach involves `matching' these individuals according to observed characteristics which we have in the data such as ability, family background and demographics and then comparing outcomes between individuals who proved to HE and otherwise identical individuals who had the opportunity but did not.

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