Education and Verbal Ability over Time: Evidence from Three Multi-Time Sources
N H Nie et al.; 2009
During the 20th century there was an unprecedented expansion of the level in educational attainment in America. We use three separate measures to investigate whether there was a concurrent increase in verbal ability and skills. We look for changes in verbal ability in the general population as well as graduates of different levels of education. An additional investigation of the relationship between gender differences in educational attainment and gender differences in verbal ability follows. We find no evidence that the large increase in educational attainment resulted in an increase in any of the measures of verbal abilities and skills.