Do more educated people work for the government?

Jeongmin Ha, Elizabeth Kayoon Hur, Hee Seung Yang

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We investigate the effect of education on public job choice using quarter of birth as an instrumental variable. We find that an additional year of education increases the probability of public sector employment by 1.87 percentage points. However, this positive effect is driven by females, whites, and those with high school degrees or less. For those with college or higher degrees, we observe a decrease in public employment with more education. Our results imply that highly-educated individuals go into high-risk, high-return occupations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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  • Economics and Econometrics


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