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Does Overeducation Imply Poor Schooling Quality For Mexican American Men?


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Does Overeducation Imply Poor Schooling Quality For Mexican American Men?

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dc.contributor.author Mora, Marie T.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-17T16:44:13Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-17T16:44:13Z
dc.date.issued 1992-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20397
dc.description.abstract This paper attempts to reconcile a contradiction in the economics of education research. On the one hand, research suggests that Americans, particularly Mexican Americans, are overeducated, and consequently earn lower returns to education than “adequately” educated peers. On the other hand, Mexican Americans have been well documented to receive lower education levels than non-Hispanic whites. To explain this research inconsistency, the earnings function used by Verdugo and Verdugo (1988) is examined to discover if the purported overeducation earnings penalty results from an empirical model misspecification. In addition, the relationship between education quality and earnings is examined for Mexican Americans, blacks, and non- Hispanic whites. Finally, Sicherman’s (1991) hypothesis of an inverse relationship between education quality and overeducation is tested to shed light on the incidence of overeducation. Education quality is proxied by state pupil­ per-teacher ratios and expenditures-per-student ratios. All empirical tests are conducted using a 5 percent sample from the 1980 census “A” of the Public-Use Microdata. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship SW Hispanic Research Institute; Center for Regional Studies en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SW Hispanic Research Institute en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Center for Regional Studies Papers;101
dc.subject economics of education en_US
dc.subject earnings en_US
dc.subject over education en_US
dc.title Does Overeducation Imply Poor Schooling Quality For Mexican American Men? en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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