The Handbooks in Economics series continues to provide the various branches of economics with handbooks which are definitive reference sources, suitable for use by professional researchers, advanced graduate students, or by those seeking a teaching supplement. With contributions from leading researchers, each Handbook presents an accurate, self-contained survey of the current state of the topic under examination. These surveys summarize the most recent discussions in journals, and elucidate new developments. Although original material is also included, the main aim of this series is the provision of comprehensive and accessible surveys.

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*Every volume contains contributions from leading researchers *Each Handbook presents an accurate, self-contained survey of a particular topic *The series provides comprehensive and accessible surveys


Economists: professional researchers, advanced graduate students

Table of Contents

1. Post Schooling Wage Growth: Investment, Search and Learning Yona Rubinstein and Yoram Weiss 2. Long Term Trends in Schooling: The Rise and Decline (?) of Public Education in the United States Sandra E. Black and Kenneth L. Sokoloff 3. Historical Perspectives on Racial Differences in Schooling in the United States William J. Collins and Robert A. Margo 4. Immigrants and Their Schooling James P. Smith 5. Educational Wage Premia and the Distribution o f Earnings: An International Perspective Franco Peracchi 6. Educational Wage Premiums and the U.S. Income Distribution: A Survey Donald R. Deere and Jelena Vesovic 7. Earnings Functions, Rates of Return and Treatment Effects: The Mincer Equation and Beyond James J. Heckman, Lance J. Lochner and Petra E. Todd 8. The Social Value of Education and Human Capital Fabian Lange and Robert Topel 9. Why Has Black-White Skill Convergence Stopped? Derek Neal 10. Education and Nonmarket Outcomes Michael Grossman 11. Does Learning to Add Up Add Up? The Returns to Schooling in Aggregate Data Lant Pritchett 12. Interpreting the Evidence on Life Cycle Skill Formation Flavio Cunha, James J. Heckman, Lance Lochner and Dimitriy V. Masterov


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About the editors

Eric A Hanushek

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He is also chairman of the Executive Committee for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences and of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence (California).

Affiliations and Expertise

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

F. Welch

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A & M University, College Stations, TX, USA