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Changes in the Wage Structure, Family Income, and Children's Education

Daron Acemoglu, Jorn-Steffen Pischke

NBER Working Paper No. 7986
Issued in October 2000
NBER Program(s):   CH   LS

We exploit the changes in the distribution of family income to estimate the effect of parental resources on college education. Our strategy exploits the fact that families at the bottom of the income distribution were much poorer in the 1990s than they were in the 1970s, while the opposite is true for families in the top quartile of the distribution. Our estimates suggest large effects of family income on enrollments. For example, we find that a 10 percent increase in family income is associated with a 1.4 percent increase in the probability of attending a four-year college.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7986

Published: Acemoglu, Daron and J. S. Pischke. "Changes In The Wage Structure, Family Income, And Children's Education," European Economic Review, 2001, v45(4-6,May), 890-904.

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