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Desarrollo y Sociedad

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VARGAS URRUTIA, Beatriz. Returns to Education and Rural-Urban Migration in Colombia. Desarro. soc. [online]. 2013, n.72, pp.205-223. ISSN 0120-3584.

In this paper, Mincer equation is used to calculate the returns to education of the working population in Colombia. The study focuses in the relationship between educational returns and the areas where individuals were educated. In this way, the differences in returns to education of people who studied in the cities and work in them, who studied in the countryside and continue to live there, and of those who were educated in the countryside but are working in the cities are examined and compared. Based on the results obtained it is possible to speculate on labor markets, the quality of education and the selection bias of the migrant group as some of the possible explanations of the differentials between the urban, rural and migrant groups.

Keywords : Returns to education; immigration; Mincer equation.

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