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Education, skills, and labor market outcomes: evidence from Ghana

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Kingdon, Geeta; Söderbom, Måns

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Abstract This paper investigates the education-earnings relationship in Ghana, drawing on the Ghana Living Standards Survey for 1998-99. The analysis has three main goals: to examine the labor market returns to education amongst wage-employed, self-employed and agricultural workers; to examine the labor market returns to literacy and numeracy skills for these categories of workers; and to analyze the pattern of returns to education along the earnings distribution. We also investigate the shape of the education-earnings relationship. The analysis is done separately by gender and age group, and attempts to address the usual biases when estimating returns to education.
Keywords Ghana; Africa; education; income; competence; labor market; returns on education; vocational education; income distribution; gender-specific factors
Classification Vocational Training, Adult Education; Labor Market Research
Method empirical
Free Keywords education; earnings; skills; labour market
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
City Oxford
Page/Pages 44 p.
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution