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The effects of higher education programme characteristics on the allocation and performance of the graduates

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  • Hans Heijke
  • Christoph Meng

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Using a unique European data-set, we investigated the significance of five higher education programme characteristics for the labour market position of the graduates: the academic versus discipline-specific character of the competencies generated; the standardization of these competencies; the combination of working and learning; the internationalization; and the exclusive entrance to particular occupations. Our results reveal the importance of the competence orientation. Graduates are allocated in such a manner that the competence orientation of the programme is in congruence with the competence orientation of the occupation. We will also show that the standardization of the programme allows for higher earnings.

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  • Hans Heijke & Christoph Meng, 2011. "The effects of higher education programme characteristics on the allocation and performance of the graduates," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 1-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:19:y:2011:i:1:p:1-27 DOI: 10.1080/09645290903094133
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    1. Luc Bridet & Margaret Leighton, 2015. "The Major Decision: Labor Market Implications of the Timing of Specialization in College," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics 201510, Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews.
    2. Shah, Ashfaque Ahmad & Arain, Amjad Ali, 2012. "Does Higher Education System of United Kingdom Produce Enough Graduates?," MPRA Paper 44265, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Meng,Christoph & Heijke,Hans, 2005. "Student time allocation, the learning environment and the acquisition of competencies," ROA Research Memorandum 001, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).
    4. Semeijn,Judith, H. & Velden,Rolf,van der & Heijke,Hans & Vleuten,Cees,van der & Boshuizen,Henny, P.A., 2005. "Competence indicators in academic education and early labour market success of graduates in health sciences," ROA Research Memorandum 003, Maastricht University, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA).

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