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Heterogeneities in the returns to degrees: evidence from the British cohort study 1970

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  • Massimiliano BRATTI

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  • Robin NAYLOR

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  • Jeremy SMITH

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Estimates of a high average return to a degree for UK graduates have provided a policy rationale for increasing the share of the costs of higher education borne by UK students over recent decades. We use evidence from a cohort of people born in 1970 to estimate hourly wage returns to a university degree. We analyse the extent of variations around average returns, focussing on heterogeneity in returns by factors such as: gender, degree subject studied, degree class awarded, student ability measures and family background. Among other results, we find substantial evidence of heterogeneous returns to a first degree according to subject area of study and class of degree awarded.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 2008-40.

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Handle: RePEc:mil:wpdepa:2008-40

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Keywords: Degree; return; subject; UK; university;

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