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Misreported Schooling and Returns to Education, 1958-1991

Title details

SN: 5471
Title: Misreported Schooling and Returns to Education, 1958-1991
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5471-1
Depositor: Battistin, E., Institute for Fiscal Studies
Principal investigator(s): Battistin, E., Institute for Fiscal Studies
Sianesi, B., Institute for Fiscal Studies
Original data producer(s): University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council


The citation for this study is:

Battistin, E., Sianesi, B. (2006). Misreported Schooling and Returns to Education, 1958-1991. [data collection]. University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 5471,

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Subject Categories

Primary, pre-primary and secondary - Education
Research - Education


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This project studied the consequences of potentially misrecorded educational attainment for the estimation of returns to education. The focus was on the British educational system, in which educational investments are best summarised by categorical qualifications rather than continuous years of education.

The aims of the study were to explore the consequences of misclassification for returns to education from a general methodological point of view, and to explore empirically how the biases from measurement error and from omitted variables interact in the estimation of returns to educational qualifications in the UK.

Data for male respondents to the fifth wave (conducted in 1991) of the National Child Development Study (NCDS) (held at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) under GN 33004) were used to explore the interaction of measurement error and ability biases, and to assess the plausibility for the two biases to cancel out in the estimation of returns. See documentation for further details.

Main Topics:
The data files include variables covering type of school, educational tests, parents' social class and educational background, social class, occupational status, qualifications and measures to assess bias.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1958 - 1991 - Eligible respondents to the NCDS were those born in Great Britain during one particular week in 1958. These data cover their educational characteristics up to the 1991 wave (NCDS5).
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Male respondents to the NCDS for whom wage and education information was present, and who were in employment, at the 1991 NCDS wave (NCDS5).
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
For details of original sampling see the NCDS documentation.
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
For details of original data collection see the NCDS documentation.
Weighting: No weighting used.
Data sources: Data from the NCDS have been used to compile this dataset. The NCDS is held under GN 33004.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 28 November 2006
Copyright: Copyright Institute for Fiscal Studies. Copyright of the original National Child Development Study remains with the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide ncdsreturns.pdf 30
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5471_Information.htm 6
READ File read5471.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
Battistin, E. and Sianesi, B. (2006) Misreported schooling and returns to education: evidence from the UK, Cemmap WP CWP07/06.

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