Reconciling the old and new census bureau education questions: Recommendations for researchers

DA Jaeger*

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    Abstract

    Beginning with the 1990 Census and the January 1992 Current Population Survey (CPS), the Bureau of the Census changed the emphasis of its educational-attainment question from years of education to degree receipt. Using a matched sample from the 1991 and 1992 March CPS, this article addresses how to reconcile the old and new questions. The effects of those methods on the estimated return(s) to education are then examined, Both the estimated linear return and the estimated college-high-school wage differential are slightly larger using information from the new question.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)300-309
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of business & economic statistics
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997

    Keywords

    • Current Population Survey
    • return to education
    • US Census
    • wage equations

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