, (2021) Science education and labor market outcomes in a developing economy? Economic Inquiry, (June 2021)
Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, professor at the Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi) and Associate researcher at CSH has co-written an article “Science education and labor market outcomes in a developing economy” published in the Economic Inquiry.
His blog can be found at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ecin.13044
We examine the association between studying science in higher secondary school and labor market earnings in India. Studying science in high school is associated with 22% greater earnings than studying business or humanities. Earnings for science students are further enhanced with some fluency in English. Science education is also associated with more years of education, completing a professional degree, returns to entrepreneurship and working in public sector positions. Primary survey of high school students shows no discernible differences in behavioral characteristics of science students compared to others.