Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 201–211 | Cite as

The impact of school and college expenditures on the wages of southern and non-southern workers

  • Carol Horton Tremblay


Based on previous evidence of diminishing earnings returns to greater educational expenditures, the hypothesis that southern schools and colleges have greater returns than non-southern schools and colleges is tested but is not accepted. Per pupil expenditures for both school and college, however, significantly raise earnings for southern male full-time workers. The elasticity of expenditure with respect to the wage for high school graduates is 0.1212 for southerners and 0.0360 for non-southerners, and the elasticity for college expenditure is 0.0468 for southerners and 0.0260 for non-southerners.


American Economic Review Wage Equation National Longitudinal Survey College Quality Educational Expenditure 
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  • Carol Horton Tremblay
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  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattan

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