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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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The Growing Importance of Cognitive Skills in Wage Determination

The Growing Importance of Cognitive Skills in Wage Determination

(p.405) 14 The Growing Importance of Cognitive Skills in Wage Determination
Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Richard J. Murnane

John B. Willett

Frank Levy

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of cognitive skills in wage determination. It examines two large surveys of twenty-four-year-old high school graduates to show that cognitive skills were a significantly more important predictor of real wages in 1986 than in 1978. In this survey, the mathematics test score was used as a measure of cognitive skills. The chapter also discusses the effects of family background and educational attainment on wage patterns.

Keywords:   cognitive skills, wage determination, wages, mathematics, family background, educational attainment, wage patterns

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