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The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK

  • Ian Walker
  • Yu Zhu

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This paper reports estimates of the UK "college premium" for young graduates across successive cohorts from large cross section datasets for the UK pooled from 1994 to 2006 - a period when the higher education participation rate increased dramatically. This implies that graduate supply considerably outstripped demand which ought to imply a fall in the premium. We find no significant fall for men and even a large, but insignificant, rise for women. Quantile regression results reveal a fall in the premium only for men in the bottom quartile of the distribution of unobserved skills.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Kent in its series Studies in Economics with number 0809.

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Handle: RePEc:ukc:ukcedp:0809
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