Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: May, 1984, Volume 52, Issue 3

Occupational Choice under Uncertainty<631:OCUU>2.0.CO;2-H
p. 631-646

Aloysius Siow

An econometric problem in estimating models of occupational choice is that the agents' forecasts of future wages and occupational tenure are unobservable. This paper solves the problem by assuming that agents have rational expectations and by considering the effects of arbitrage both within and between cohorts. The solution consists of two time series regressions of the demand and supply functions of entrants into an occupation. From these regressions one obtains estimates of the rate of return to education, the direct cost of education, and other parameters that influence the market. The model was estimated with data from the market for lawyers.

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