Household skills and low wages
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Original versionDale, K. (2009). Household Skills and Low Wages. Journal of Population Economics, 22(4), 1025-1038. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00148-008-0187-6
Household skills provide job skills when tasks in jobs and household production are similar and jobs produce substitutes for home-made services. Opportunity costs of higher education are foregone earnings during schooling and foregone household production while studying and later in life. I show that individuals in jobs requiring household skills accept lower wage rates than traditional human capital theory predicts, and that individuals with low household skills tend to enter higher education. According to these results, declining household skills may have contributed to the observed increasing demand for higher education by women.
Originally published in the journal Journal of Population Economics, Springer http://www.springerlink.com/content/100520/