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Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?
This paper presents evidence showing that individuals' season of birth is related to their educational attainment because of the combined effects of school start age policy and compulsory school… Expand
A Survey Method for Characterizing Daily Life Experience: The Day Reconstruction Method
The Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) assesses how people spend their time and how they experience the various activities and settings of their lives, combining features of time-budget measurement and… Expand
Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
On April 1, 1992 New Jersey's minimum wage increased from $4.25 to $5.05 per hour. To evaluate the impact of the law we surveyed 410 fast food restaurants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before and… Expand
Developments in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being
Direct reports of subjective well-being may have a useful role in the measurement of consumer preferences and social welfare, if they can be done in a credible way. Can well-being be measured by a… Expand
Empirical Strategies in Labor Economics
This chapter provides an overview of the methodological and practical issues that arise when estimating causal relationships that are of interest to labor economists. The subject matter includes… Expand
Instrumental Variables and the Search for Identification: From Supply and Demand to Natural Experiments
The method of instrumental variables was first used in the 1920s to estimate supply and demand elasticities, and later used to correct for measurement error in single-equation models. Recently,… Expand
Does School Quality Matter? Returns to Education and the Characteristics of Public Schools in the United States
This paper estimates the effects of school quality - - measured by the pupil-teacher ratio, the average term length, and the relative pay of teachers -- on the rate of return to education for men… Expand
EFFICIENCY WAGES AND THE INTER-INDUSTRY WAGE STRUCTURE
This paper uses cross-sectional and longitudinal data to examine differences in pay for equally-skilled workers in different ind ustries. The major finding is that there is substantial dispersion in… Expand
The Effect of Age at School Entry on Educational Attainment: An Application of Instrumental Variables with Moments from Two Samples
This paper tests the hypothesis that compulsory school attendance laws, which typically require school attendance until a specified birthday, induce a relationship between the years of schooling and… Expand
The Extent of Measurement Error in Longitudinal Earnings Data: Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?
This article examines the properties and prevalence of measurement error in longitudinal earnings data. The analysis compares matched Current Population Survey data to administrative Social Security… Expand