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Returns to Education in Palestine and Turkey: A Comparative Analysis

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AbstractThis study exposes a comparative treatment of the private returns to education in Palestine and Turkey over the period 2004-2008. Comparable data, similar definitions and same methodology are used in the estimations. The results suggest that returns to schooling are higher for Turkey at the various levels of education for females and males and for both years 2004 and 2008. In 2008, returns are lower than 2004 levels for all stages of education. Returns to education are higher for women than men in both countries. The median ratio of male to female return is 0.55 (university) in 2004 and decreased to 0.17 (high school) in 2008 in Palestine. The corresponding figures for Turkey are 0.79 and .082 (both for high school). Finally, it was found that the selectivity corrected return estimates are lower than the ols estimates in Palestine while they are higher than the ols estimates in Turkey.

Affiliations: 1: Middle East Technical University06531 AnkaraTurkeyInstitute for the Study of labor (IZA)BonnGermanyEconomic Research Forum (ERF); 2: Economic Research Forum (ERF)CairoEgyptBirzeit UniversityP O Box 14,


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