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Coping with Change: International Differences in the Returns to Skills

Eric A. Hanushek, Guido Schwerdt, Simon Wiederhold, Ludger Woessmann

NBER Working Paper No. 22657
Issued in September 2016
NBER Program(s):CH, DEV, ED, EFG, LS, PE

Expanded international data from the PIAAC survey of adult skills allow us to analyze potential sources of the cross-country variation of comparably estimated labor-market returns to skills in a more diverse set of 32 countries. Returns to skills are systematically larger in countries that have grown faster in the recent past, consistent with models where skills are particularly important for adaptation to dynamic economic change.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22657

Published: Hanushek, Eric A. & Schwerdt, Guido & Wiederhold, Simon & Woessmann, Ludger, 2017. "Coping with change: International differences in the returns to skills," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 15-19. citation courtesy of

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