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The wage growth gap for recent college grads

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  • Hobijn, Bart

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

  • Bengali, Leila

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

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Median starting wages of recent college graduates have not kept pace with median earnings for all workers over the past six years. This type of gap in wage growth also appeared after the 2001 recession and closed only late in the subsequent labor market recovery. However the wage gap in the current recovery is substantially larger and has lasted longer than in the past. The larger gap represents slow growth in starting salaries for graduates, rather than a shift in types of jobs, and reflects continued weakness in the demand for labor overall.

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  • Hobijn, Bart & Bengali, Leila, 2014. "The wage growth gap for recent college grads," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:00024
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    1. Abel, Jaison R. & Deitz, Richard & Su, Yaquin, 2014. "Are recent college graduates finding good jobs?," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 20.
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