Early Labour Market Returns to College Subject

30 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009

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Paolo Buonanno

University of Bergamo

Dario Pozzoli

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences

Abstract

We estimate early labour market outcomes of Italian university graduates across college subjects. We devote great attention to endogenous selection issues using alternative methods to control for potential self-selection associated with the choice of the degree subject in order to unravel the causal link between college major and subsequent outcomes in the labour market. Our results suggest that ‘quantitative’ fields (i.e. Sciences, Engineering, and Economics) increase not only the speed of transition into the first job and employment probability but also early earnings, conditional on employment.

Suggested Citation

Buonanno, Paolo and Pozzoli, Dario, Early Labour Market Returns to College Subject. LABOUR, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 559-588, December 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1505069 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2009.00466.x

Dario Pozzoli

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