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Education and earnings in urban West Africa

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dc.contributor.author Kuepie, Mathias
dc.contributor.author Nordman, Christophe J.
dc.contributor.author Roubaud, François
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-25T16:03:41Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-25T16:03:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2008
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Kuepie, K., Nordman, C. J., & Roubaud, F. (2009). Education and earnings in urban West Africa. Journal of Comparative Economics, 37, 491-515. doi:10.1016/j.jce.2008.09.007 en
dc.identifier.issn 0147-5967
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/53070
dc.identifier.uri http://wiego.org/sites/wiego.org/files/publications/files/Nordman_Education.Earnings.Urban_.West_.Africa.pdf
dc.description.abstract Using a series of comparable labor force surveys in urban West Africa, we estimate the private returns to education among representative samples of workers in seven economic capitals (Abidjan, Bamako, Cotonou, Dakar, Lome, Niamey and Ouagadougou). The data allow us to provide a unique cross-country comparison using rigorously the same variables and methodology for each country. We tackle the issues of endogenous sector allocation (public, formal private and informal sectors) and endogeneity of the education variable in the earnings functions. We find that the returns to schooling are most often enhanced once an endogenous education variable is accounted for. This effect holds particularly true in the informal sector. In most West African cities of our sample, the public sector gives more value to education, followed by the formal private sector and then the informal sector. We also shed light on convex returns to education in all the cities and sectors, including in informal activity. More generally, a major contribution of this paper is to provide evidence of significant effects of education on individual earnings in the informal sectors of the West African cities, even at high levels of schooling. Journal of Comparative Economics 37 (3) (2009) 491–515. IRD, DIAL, France; CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg. en
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dc.format.extent 1 digital file (p. 491-515) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject RETURNS TO EDUCATION en
dc.subject EARNINGS FUNCTIONS en
dc.subject ENDOGENEITY OF SCHOOLING en
dc.subject INFORMAL SECTOR en
dc.subject WEST AFRICA en
dc.subject URBAN AREAS en
dc.subject MANPOWER en
dc.subject RECURRENT EDUCATION en
dc.subject INCOME GENERATION en
dc.title Education and earnings in urban West Africa en
dc.type Journal Article (peer-reviewed) en
idrc.project.number 107233
idrc.project.componentnumber 107233002
idrc.project.title An investigation into the determinants of business performance in Francophone Africa en
idrc.copyright.holder Association for Comparative Economic Studies
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