Recent Applications of Human Capital Economics
The following are but a few of the articles found in a search using EconLit, probably the most all-inclusive body of economics and related literature. The search was limited to articles appearing during the last nine years that reference the human capital earnings function in the abstract. Those using that method but not mentioning it in the abstract number in the hundreds.
Aly, A. (2004). Returns to education of U.S. Arab immigrants. Doctoral Dissertation, Kansas State University.
Aslam, M. (2009). Education gender gaps in Pakistan: Is the labor market to blame? Economic Development and Cultural Change, 57(4), 747-84.
Beach, F., & Finnie, R. (2004). A longitudinal analysis of earnings change in Canada. Canadian Journal of Economics, 37(1), 219-38.
Beaudry, P., & Green, D. (2000). Cohort patterns in Canadian earnings: Assessing the role of skill premia in inequality trends. Canadian Journal of Economics, 33, 907-936.
Black, B., Trainor, M., & Spencer, J. (1999). Wage protection systems, segregation and gender pay inequalities: West Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 23(4), 449-64.
Black, D., Kolesnikova, N., & Taylor, L. (2009). Earnings functions when wages and prices vary by location. Journal of Labor Economics, 27(1), 21-47.
Blom, A., & Sohnesen, T. (2005). Is formal lifelong learning a profitable investment for all of life? How age, education level and flexibility of provision affect rates of return to adult education in Colombia (Policy Research Paper 3800). World Bank.
Bosworth, B., Furtless, G., & Steuerle, E. (2002). Lifetime earnings patterns, the distribution of future Social Security benefits and the impact of pension reform (Center for Retirement Research Working Paper).
Brunello, G., Fort, M., & Weber, G. (2009). Changes in compulsory schooling, education, and the distribution of wages in Europe. Economic Journal, 119(536), 516-39.
Chapman, B. (2000). Unemployment traps and age-earnings profiles: Estimates for Australia in 2000. Australian Journal of Labour Economics, 4(3), 174-91.
Chiswick, B. (1999). Interpreting the coefficient of schooling in the human capital earnings function (Policy Research Working Paper Series). The World Bank.
Chiswick, B. R., & Miller, P. W. (2008). Occupational attainment and immigrant economic progress in Australia. Economic Record, 84(0), S45-56.
Destre, G., Levy-Garboua, L., & Sollogoub, M. (2008). Learning from experience or learning from others? Inferring informal training from a human capital earnings function. Journal of Socio-Economics, 37(3), 919-38.
Faruqee, H., & Muhleisen, M. (2005). Population aging in Japan: Demographic shock and fiscal sustainability (IMF Working Paper).
Faruqee, J. (2002, February). Population aging and its macroeconomic implications: A framework for analysis (IMF Working Paper). International Monetary Fund.
Heckman, J. J., Lochner, L. J., & Todd, P. E. (2008). Earnings functions and rates of return. Journal of Human Capital, 2(1), 1-31.
Holmlund, B., Liu, Q., & Skans, O. N. (2008). Mind the gap? Estimating the effects of postponing higher education. Oxford Economic Papers, 60(4), 683-710.
Humphreys, B. (2000). Equal pay on the hardwood: The earnings gap between male and female NCAA Division 1 basketball coaches. Journal of Sports Economics, 1(3), 299-307.
Jacobs, B., & Bovenberg, L. (2008). Optimal taxation of human capital and the earnings function (CESifo Working Paper 2250).
Jacobs, B., Schindler, D., & Yang, H. (2009). Optimal taxation of risky human capital (CESifo Working Paper 2529).
Kifle, T. (2009). The effect of immigration on the earnings of native-born workers: Evidence from Australia. Journal of Socio-Economics, 38(2), 350-56.
Kiker, B., Santos, M., & de Oliveira, M. (1997). Overeducation and undereducation: Evidence for Portugal. Economics of Education Review, 16(2), 111-125.
Kim, S., & Kim, J. (1998). Human capital-tcechnology complementarity and multiple equilibria. Journal of Economic Theory and Econometrics, 4(2), 41-68.
Kirby, S., & Riley, R. (2008). The external returns to education: UK evidence using repeated cross-sections. Labour Economics, 15(4), 619-30.
Lakshmanasamy, T., & Ramasamy, S. (1999). An econometric analysis of the worker choice between public and private sector. Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 42(1), 71-83.
Lucifora, C. & Simmons, R. (2003). Superstar effects in sport: Evidence from italian soccer. Journal of Sports Economics, 4(1), 35-55.
MacDonald, G., & Weisbach, M. (2004). The economics of has-beens. Journal of Political Economy, 112(1), S289-310.
Morris, S., & McGuire, A. (2002). The private net present value and private internal rate of return to becoming a nurse in Great Britain. Applied Economics, 34, 2189-2200.
Naderi, A. (2008). An empirical analysis of the effects of selectivity and endogeneity problems on returns to education. Quarterly Iranian Economic Research, 34(0), 1-29.
Neumark, D., & Stock, W. (1999). Age discrimination laws and labor market efficiency. Journal of Political Economy, 107, 1081-1110.
Pendakur, K., & Pendakur, R. (2002). Colour my world: Have earnings gaps for Canadian-born ethnic minorities changed over time” Canadian Public Policy, 28(4), 489-512.
Pfeifer, C. (2008). An empirical note on wages in an internal labour market. Economics Letters, 99(3), 570-73.
Poterba, J., Venti, S., & Wise, D. (1999). Implications of rising personal retirement savings (NBER Working Paper 6295). National Bureau of Economic Research.
Schady, N. (2001). Convexity and sheepskin effects in the human capital earnings function: Recent evidence for Filipino men (Policy Research Working Paper Series 2566). The World Bank.
Smith, K. (2001). Age/earnings profiles in transition economies: The Estonian case. Post-Communist Economies, 13(4), 485-503.
Steen, T. (2005). Is there an earnings premium for Catholic women? Evidence from the NYS youth cohort. Faith and Economics, 45, 21-40.
Thompson, P. (2003). Technological change and the age-earnings profile: Evidence from the International Merchant Marine, 1861-1912. Review of Economic Dynamics, 6(3), 578-601.
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