Why rapidly expanding the number of college-trained workers may not lower income inequality: The curious case of Taiwan, 1978-2011

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Keng, Shao-Hsun; Lin, Chun-Hung; Orazem, Peter;
  • Subject: education; Returns to skills; Wage inequality; college supply; college quality; Taiwan
    • jel: jel:J31 | jel:J24
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations

Since 1990, Taiwan increased the college share of its labor force from 7% to 28% by converting junior colleges to 4-year colleges. Such a rapid surge in skill supply should suppress college wages and lower income inequality. Instead, inequality rose steadily. The surge ... View more
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    Table 2: Actual and Composition-Constant Changes in the Relative College Premium of Younger Workers 1978-1992 1992-2006 -1.5 -33.6 -1.1 -13.6

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