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The widening wage gap between college and high school graduates is down to the growing difference in their ability and test scores

Schoellman, Todd and Hendricks, Lutz (2014) The widening wage gap between college and high school graduates is down to the growing difference in their ability and test scores. LSE American Politics and Policy (21 Apr 2014). Website.

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Abstract

The past century has seen a massive expansion of education in the U.S, with the vast majority now graduating from high school and more than a quarter from college. At the same time, the wage gap between college and high school graduates has grown from 35 to 50 percent. By looking at the results of standardized test scores from two dozen 20th century studies, Todd Schoellman and Lutz Hendricks find that the expansion of education has led to a decline in mean test scores of high school graduates but not college graduates. The change in mean test scores explains why wages for high school workers have grown more slowly than the wages for college workers, and thus why the wage gap between the two groups has grown.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 14:46
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2019 00:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58863

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