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The cohort size-wage relationship in Europe.

Moffat, J. and Roth, D. (2016) 'The cohort size-wage relationship in Europe.', Labour., 30 (4). pp. 415-432.


This paper estimates the impact of cohort size on wages using data on young males in European regions covering 2004-2010. The effect of cohort size on wages is identified through an instrumental variables strategy which, in contrast to previous analyses of European data, addresses self-selection into geographical areas as well as into educational groups. The results suggest that cohort size has a significant negative effect on male wages for individuals with secondary education – the largest group – but not for individuals with less than secondary education or tertiary education. This effect is underestimated if self-selection into geographical areas is not addressed.

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Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Moffat, J. & Roth, D. (2016). The cohort size-wage relationship in Europe. Labour, 30(4): 415-432, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:06 June 2016
Date deposited:22 July 2016
Date of first online publication:25 July 2016
Date first made open access:25 July 2017

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