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Early Labour Market Returns to College Subject

  • Paolo Buonanno
  • Dario Pozzoli

We estimate early labour market outcomes of Italian university graduates across college subjects. We devote great attention to endogenous selection issues using alternative methods to control for potential self-selection associated with the choice of the degree subject in order to unravel the causal link between college major and subsequent outcomes in the labour market. Our results suggest that 'quantitative' fields (i.e. Sciences, Engineering, and Economics) increase not only the speed of transition into the first job and employment probability but also early earnings, conditional on employment. Copyright 2009 CEIS, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal LABOUR.

Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 559-588

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