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The Effect of University Attended on Graduates' Labour Market Prospects: A Field Study of Great Britain

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  • Drydakis, Nick

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Utilizing data for comparable BSc graduates in economics who have studied in different universities that had set the same entry standards, we compare job seekers' employment prospects when they search by themselves for jobs by submitting CVs to the same firms. The outcomes suggest that graduates who studied in universities that are ranked in better positions, based on the UK league tables, gain more invitations to interviews (access to vacancies) and higher entry-level annual salaries than those who studied in universities that are ranked in lower positions. To clarify the assigned pattern, we utilized further qualitative indicators, and we estimated that both membership of a scholarly group of universities and universities' research intensity can positively affect their graduates' invitations to interviews and entry-level annual salaries. Interestingly, by assessing the influence of degree grades, the study suggested also that applicants' degree grades can moderate the relation between university attended and employment prospects.

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  • Drydakis, Nick, 2016. "The Effect of University Attended on Graduates' Labour Market Prospects: A Field Study of Great Britain," IZA Discussion Papers 9826, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    entry-level annual salaries; university; ranking; reputation; access to vacancies;
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    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education

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