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University selectivity and earnings: Evidence from UK data on applications and admissions to university

  • Broecke, Stijn

This paper estimates the returns to university selectivity in the UK using administrative data on applications and admissions to university, linked to a survey of graduates three and a half years after graduation. It compares students who indicated preferences for, and were conditionally accepted to, the same universities – but who attended different ones because some failed to meet the conditions of their preferred offer. The results suggest that one standard deviation in selectivity leads to a 7% increase in earnings.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 31 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 96-107

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:31:y:2012:i:3:p:96-107
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