The author thanks Beata Javorcik (the Editor), two anonymous referees, Karen Conway, Bruce Elmslie, Richard England, Belton Fleisher, Daniel Lothrop, Jorn-Steffen Pischke, Bei Qin, Chunbei Wang, Bob Woodward, Jeff Zax and seminar participants at the University of New Hampshire, SEA 2010, and AEA 2011 for their helpful comments.
How Does Education Affect the Earnings Distribution in Urban China?*
Article first published online: 12 MAR 2012
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2012
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Volume 75, Issue 3, pages 435–454, June 2013
How to Cite
Wang, L. (2013), How Does Education Affect the Earnings Distribution in Urban China?. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75: 435–454. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2012.00697.x
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 12 MAR 2012
- Final Manuscript Received: February 2012
It is widely believed that investing in education could be an effective strategy to promote higher standards of living and equity. We empirically assess this claim by estimating returns to education across the whole earnings distribution in urban China and find supporting evidence. In particular, we find that returns to education are more pronounced for individuals in the lower tail of the distribution than for those in the upper tail and that returns to education are uniformly larger for women than men. We also find that returns to education increased over time across the whole earnings distribution.