The Phantom Gender Difference in the College Wage Premium

William H. J. Hubbard
2011 The Journal of human resources  
A growing literature seeks to explain why so many more women than men now attend college. A commonly cited stylized fact is that the college wage premium is, and has been, higher for women than for men. After identifying and correcting a bias in estimates of college wage premiums, I find that there has been essentially no gender difference in the college wage premium for at least a decade. After presenting additional facts on college wage premiums, I conclude that trends in these premiums
more » ... hese premiums deepen, rather than explain, the puzzle of why more women than men now attend college.
doi:10.3368/jhr.46.3.568 fatcat:dpisc4w4xzdrrpoygtghuohawq