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Jacob MincerA Founding Father of Modern Labor Economics$
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Pedro N. Teixeira

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199211319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199211319.001.0001

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The Influence of Jacob Mincer on Modern Labor Economics

The Influence of Jacob Mincer on Modern Labor Economics

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Jacob Mincer

Jacob Mincer

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This chapter appraises the role played by Jacob Mincer in labor economics during his long and prolific career. Mincer is certainly a good example of the capacity that many academics have to attract the attention of those around them and to interest them in pursuing similar lines of research. His ability to lure students and colleagues to human capital research was extremely relevant for the development of the human capital research program, especially in the early crucial years. Moreover, his persistent and methodic interest in the analysis of the implications of human capital for labor market analysis had a lasting influence on several generations of labor economists, and contributed to the strengthening of the position human capital came to occupy in labor economics during the last forty years. This chapter analyzes the impact Mincer had through his publications, as a teacher, and especially as a mentor of several emerging leading labor economists. The impact this relationship with his students had on the development of the human capital research agenda is explored.

Keywords:   human capital, inequality, Columbia, Chicago, Gary Becker, labor

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