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Why do higher graduates regret their field of studies? Some evidence from Catalonia, Spain

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  • Toni Mora

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The present paper focuses on transitions from school to work for recent higher education graduates in Catalonia, Spain. In particular, we concentrate on the relationship between mismatch and disappointment with the chosen university career. For that purpose, we employ cross-sectional survey data provided by The Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Catalonia, covering a sample of individuals who graduated in the 1997/98 academic year from one of the seven public Catalan universities. The results show that regretting the chosen field of education turns out to be associated with mismatch as well as other factors: personality, ageing, educational characteristics (such as final university grades or the specific field of study) and regretting the attended institution.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 93-109

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Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:18:y:2010:i:1:p:93-109

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Keywords: over-education; regret; higher education;

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  1. Aleksander Kucel & Montserrat Vilalta-Bufi, 2012. "Why do university graduates regret their study program? A comparison between Spain and the Netherlands," Working Papers in Economics 279, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.

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