Journal Article
No. 2015-37 | November 11, 2015
On the Size of Sheepskin Effects: A Meta-Analysis
(Published in Special Issue Meta-Analysis in Theory and Practice)


The authours use information gathered from 122 studies on the effects of high school diplomas on wages in different countries worldwide to carry out a meta-analysis that shows high school diplomas have a statistically significant effect on wages of nearly 8%. This effect varies whether the country is away from the tropics or whether factors such as gender, race, and continent are taken into account. The results also reveal the existence of a publication bias that tends to increase the magnitude of the sheepskin effect. Nevertheless, when the former is factored into the analysis the latter remains statistically significant.

Data Set

    Stata format [text/tab-separated-values, 40K]

JEL Classification:

C80, I21, J24


  • Downloads: 1026 (Discussion Paper: 836)


Cite As

Jhon James Mora Rodríguez and Juan Muro (2015). On the Size of Sheepskin Effects: A Meta-Analysis. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 9 (2015-37): 1–18.

Comments and Questions