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Employability of young managers: a question of merit or aristocracy?

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  • Ana Heloisa da Costa Lemos

    (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - PUCRIO)

  • Veranise Jacubowski Correia Dubeux

    (School of Advertising and Marketing and Researcher – ESPM)

  • Mario Couto Soares Pinto

    (Getulio Vargas Foundation - FGV)

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    The article aims to discuss the relevance of two assumptions about the impact of education on the employability of degree holders: the study of Bourdieu (1988), who questions the relationship between vocational training and integration into the labor market and the human capital theory (SCHULTZ, 1967), which postulates that education increases productivity and employability of individuals. To achieve this goal we carried out a survey to map the employability of trainees in administration at a university in Rio de Janeiro. Students of this institution have different economic backgrounds, which allowed a comparison of their economic position and their access to professional opportunities. Taking in account the graduates’ current conditions of employability, separating them in groups according to their origin, it was not possible to identify differences in the quality of jobs obtained, for both individuals from more privileged families and those less favored, endorsing Schultz's assumption about the importance of education.

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    Article provided by Fucape Business School in its journal Brazilian Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 93-113

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    Keywords: Employability; skills training; human capital theory; social stratification.;

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    1. Rodrigo Reis Soares & Gustavo Gonzaga, 1997. "Determinação de salários no Brasil: dualidade ou não-linearidade no retorno à educação?," Textos para discussão, Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil) 380, Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil).
    2. Naercio Aquino Menezes-Filho & Reynaldo Fernandes & Paulo Picchetti, 2007. "Rising Human Capital but Constant Inequality: The Education Composition Effect in Brazil," Revista Brasileira de Economia, FGV/EPGE Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), vol. 60(4), pages 407-424, February.
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