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Individual earnings and educational externalities in the European Union

Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 and Tselios, Vassilis (2010) Individual earnings and educational externalities in the European Union. Regional Studies, Online. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0034-3404

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00343404.2010.485351


This paper examines whether differences in educational externalities affect individual earnings across regions in the European Union. Using microeconomic data from the European Community Household Panel, it resorts to spatial economic analysis in order to determine to what extent differences in individual earnings are the result of (1) the educational attainment of the individual, (2) the educational attainment of the other members of the household in which he/she lives, (3) the educational endowment of the region where the individual lives, or (4) the educational endowment of the neighbouring regions. The results highlight that, in addition to the expected positive returns of personal educational attainment, place-based regional and supra-regional educational externalities generate significant pecuniary benefits for workers. These findings are robust to the inclusion of different individual, household, and regional control variables.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D3 - Distribution > D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 14:20
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:04

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