ERIC Number: EJ786958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
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Education Expansion, Educational Inequality, and Income Inequality: Evidence from Taiwan, 1976-2003
Lin, Chun-Hung A.
Social Indicators Research, v80 n3 p601-615 Feb 2007
The expansion of higher education in Taiwan starting from the late 1980s has successfully raised the average level of education. Using the concept of the education Gini, we find that the educational inequality declined as average schooling rose during the period of 1976-2003. The impacts of a rising average schooling and a declining educational inequality are also tested empirically in this paper. The evidence supports that a higher level of average schooling will generate a lower income inequality. On the other hand, a lower educational inequality, as measured by education Gini coefficient, will also cause a lower income inequality. Skill-biased technological change that shifts the labor demand from unskilled workers toward skilled workers is the most likely cause for the rising income inequality in Taiwan. However, the trend of rising income inequality could be reversed due to possible future over-education and unemployment in the labor market.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Income, Educational Attainment, Labor Market, Labor, Unskilled Workers, Skilled Workers, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Unemployment, Evaluation Methods, Social Indicators
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan