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The Role of University Characteristics in Determining Post-Graduation Outcomes: Panel Evidence from Three Canadian Cohorts

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  • Julian Betts
  • Christopher Ferrall
  • Ross Finnie

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Using three cohorts of the National Graduates Survey, we study earnings five years after graduation from Canadian bachelor's programs. Evidence is found of significant university-specific effects on earnings. Changes in earnings and university characteristics across cohort are correlated. Increased undergraduate enrolment is associated with lower earnings, suggesting crowding out in educational quality. For men, but not women, increases in the professor-student ratio are associated with meaningful gains in earnings. When student major is excluded, since it may be endogenous to university, the effect of university characteristics is much larger. University characteristics are not strongly related to post-graduation employment probabilities.

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Article provided by University of Toronto Press in its journal Canadian Public Policy.

Volume (Year): 39 (2013)
Issue (Month): s1 (May)
Pages: 81-106

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Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:39:y:2013:i:s1:p:81-106

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