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The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico

The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico
The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico
Despite the rapid expansion and increasing importance of private education in developing countries, little is known on the impact of studying in private schools on education and wages. This paper contributes to filling this gap by estimating the returns to private high schools in Mexico. We construct a unique data set that combines labour market outcomes and historical census data, and we exploit changes in the availability and size of public and private high schools across states and over time for identification. We find that attending a private high school does not affect school progression to college nor high school wages but it does positively affect wages conditional on college completion. Results are robust to a number of robustness tests on the validity of the instruments.

private and public schools, returns to education, mexico
0272-7757
198-215
Binelli, Chiara
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Rubio-Codina, Marta
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Binelli, Chiara
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Rubio-Codina, Marta
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Binelli, Chiara and Rubio-Codina, Marta (2013) The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico. Economics of Education Review, 36, 198-215. (doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2013.06.004).

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Despite the rapid expansion and increasing importance of private education in developing countries, little is known on the impact of studying in private schools on education and wages. This paper contributes to filling this gap by estimating the returns to private high schools in Mexico. We construct a unique data set that combines labour market outcomes and historical census data, and we exploit changes in the availability and size of public and private high schools across states and over time for identification. We find that attending a private high school does not affect school progression to college nor high school wages but it does positively affect wages conditional on college completion. Results are robust to a number of robustness tests on the validity of the instruments.

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Published date: October 2013
Keywords: private and public schools, returns to education, mexico
Organisations: Economics

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Local EPrints ID: 356527
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356527
ISSN: 0272-7757
PURE UUID: 109ecebf-3a0b-479e-a796-6bc8e07091fa

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Date deposited: 01 Oct 2013 15:20
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:23

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Author: Chiara Binelli
Author: Marta Rubio-Codina

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