The Influences of Institution Attended and Field of Study on Graduates' Starting Salaries

22 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2009

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Elisa Rose Birch

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Economics & Commerce

Ian Li

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Date Written: 2008-07

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of Australian university graduates' starting salaries, with an emphasis on the institution attended and field of study. It is shown that there is little difference between the starting salaries of students who attended Group of Eight universities and those who attended other universities. There are modest differences in starting salaries across fields of study. However, these differences are considerably less than those associated with the type of employment obtained. These results suggest it is what you do in the labour market, rather than where or what you have studied, that is the main determinant of labour market outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Birch, Elisa-Rose and Li, Ian and Miller, Paul W., The Influences of Institution Attended and Field of Study on Graduates' Starting Salaries (2008-07). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 42-63, March 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1375784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8462.2009.00524.x

Elisa-Rose Birch (Contact Author)

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Economics & Commerce ( email )

Nedlands, Western Australia 6907
Australia

Ian Li

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

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