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Skills, earnings, and employment: exploring causality in the estimation of returns to skills

Ample evidence indicates that a person’s human capital is important for success on the labor market in terms of both wages and employment prospects. However, unlike the efforts to identify the impact of school attainment on labor-market outcomes, the literature on returns to cognitive skills has not yet provided convincing evidence that the estimated returns can be causally...

Education and religious participation: city-level evidence from Germany’s secularization period 1890–1930

phenomenon of secularization. We construct Ludger Woessmann - a unique panel dataset of advanced-school enrollment and Protestant church attendance in German cities between 1890 and 1930. Our cross