Gender and educational variations in the earnings premiums of occupational credentials

Jeounghee Kim*, Sangeeta Chatterji

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Occupational credentials such as professional licenses and certifications are known to generate significant earnings premiums. Based on this, the federal workforce development policy focuses on industry-recognized occupational credentials for less-educated adults to help them obtain family-supporting jobs without having to invest in a postsecondary degree. This study used data from the 2016-2019 Current Population Survey (CPS) outgoing rotation group samples to examine differences in the earnings premiums associated with occupational credentials by gender and education. Our analyses revealed that the earnings premium of job-required credential holding was greater for women than men. For women, estimates of the earnings premiums do not vary much by education level, while for men, those without a Bachelor's degree tend to have high premiums than those without.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20190187
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalB.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
Issue number3
Early online date10 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • certification
  • earnings premiums
  • license
  • middle-skilled workers
  • occupational credential


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