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dc.contributor.author Black, DA
dc.contributor.author McKinnish, TG
dc.contributor.author Sanders, SG
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-28T18:49:34Z
dc.date.issued 2005-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2005, 59 (1), pp. 3 - 16
dc.identifier.issn 0019-7939
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/2535
dc.description.abstract Human capital theory predicts that individuals acquire less schooling when the returns to schooling are small. To test this theory, the authors study the effect of the Appalachian coal boom on high school enrollments. During the 1970s, a boom in the coal industry increased the earnings of high school dropouts relative to those of graduates. During the 1980s, the boom subsided and the earnings of dropouts declined relative to those of graduates. The authors find that high school enrollment rates in Kentucky and Pennsylvania declined considerably in the 1970s and increased in the 1980s in coal-producing counties relative to counties without coal. The estimates indicate that a long-term 10% increase in the earnings of low-skilled workers could decrease high school enrollment rates by as much as 5-7%-a finding with implications for policies aimed at improving low-skilled workers' employment and earnings, such as wage subsidies and minimum wage increases. © by Cornell University.
dc.format.extent 3 - 16
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Industrial and Labor Relations Review
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1186/1476-5918-4-3
dc.title Tight labor markets and the demand for education: Evidence from the coal boom and bust
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
dc.relation.journal Industrial and Labor Relations Review
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Center for Child and Family Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute/Center for Population Health & Aging
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Sanford School of Public Policy - Secondary Group
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 59

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