Beyond the Ivory Tower: Labor Market Returns to Greek Membership

33 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2015  

P. Routon

Georgia Gwinnett College

Jay K. Walker

Old Dominion University - Economics

Date Written: December 19, 2015


Using a nationally representative sample of college graduates, we estimate the post-collegiate labor market effects of fraternity and sorority membership during undergraduate tenure. We find that, after controlling for relevant factors, former sorority members’ labor market outcomes are indistinguishable from those of other female college graduates. Former fraternity membership, however, appears to result in an increased likelihood of self-employment of about 10 percentage points and a sizable wage premium. Former fraternity members are indistinguishable from other male college graduates in terms of labor market status, historical unemployment, subjective beliefs of personal job security, job satisfaction, and satisfaction with earnings.

Keywords: Fraternity, sorority, Greek membership, labor market outcomes

JEL Classification: I23, J29, J10

Suggested Citation

Routon, P. and Walker, Jay K., Beyond the Ivory Tower: Labor Market Returns to Greek Membership (December 19, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

P. Routon

Georgia Gwinnett College ( email )

1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States

Jay K. Walker (Contact Author)

Old Dominion University - Economics ( email )

Norfolk, VA 23529
United States


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