The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK
AbstractThis paper reports estimates of the UK “college premium” for young graduates across successive cohorts from large cross section datasets for the UK pooled from 1994 to 2006 - a period when the higher education participation rate increased dramatically. The growth in relative labour demand suggests that graduate supply considerably outstripped demand which ought to imply a fall in the premium. We find no significant fall for men and even a large, but insignificant, rise for women. Quantile regression results reveal a fall in the premium only for men in the bottom quartile of the distribution of unobserved skills.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200817.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 30 Apr 2008
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human capital; higher education; college premium;
Other versions of this item:
- Ian Walker & Yu Zhu, 2008. "The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 110(4), pages 695-709, December.
- Ian Walker & Yu Zhu, 2008. "The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK," Studies in Economics 0809, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-07-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2008-07-20 (Education)
- NEP-EEC-2008-07-20 (European Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2008-07-20 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2008-07-20 (Labour Economics)
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