Optimal Life-Cycle Education Decisions of Atomistic Individuals

Skritek Bernhard, Cuaresma Jesus Crespo, Kryazhimskii A, Prettner Klaus, Prskawetz Alexia, & Rovenskaya E (2019). Optimal Life-Cycle Education Decisions of Atomistic Individuals. In: Human Capital and Economic Growth. pp. 27-54 Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-303021599-6 DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-21599-6_2.

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Abstract

We analyze the optimal life-cycle education decision of a single atomistic individual and show that the standard result of part-time education and part-time work throughout the life-cycle holds only under very special and unrealistic assumptions. Once these assumptions are relaxed, different education strategies become optimal. These range from switching back and forth between work and education (educational leave) to full-time education at the beginning of life and full-time work when older (classical schooling). The resulting strategies for investing in education are better aligned with the observable pattern of educational investments over the life cycle. The particular path chosen by individuals then depends on other aspects, e.g., on the individual’s lifetime horizon or on nonlinearities in human capital accumulation with respect to time invested in education.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 14:26
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 14:26
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16510

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