Does degree class matter? Graduate earnings and student achievement in UK universities

Telhaj, Shqiponje, Naylor, Robin and Smith, Jeremy (2015) Does degree class matter? Graduate earnings and student achievement in UK universities. Oxford Economic Papers, 68 (2). pp. 525-545. ISSN 0030-7653

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Abstract

We investigate the extent to which graduate returns vary according to the class of degree achieved by UK university students, and examine changes over time in estimated degree class premia. Using a variety of complementary datasets for individuals born in the UK around 1970 and aged between 30 and 40, we estimate an hourly wage premium for a ‘good’ (relative to a ‘lower’) class of degree of 7% to 9%, implying a wide spread around the average graduate premium. We also estimate the premium for a good relative to a lower degree for different cohorts (those born between the mid-1960s and early 1980s), and find evidence that the premium for a good degree has risen over time as the proportions of cohorts participating in higher education have increased.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 13:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59525
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