New Evidence on the Match Between College Coursework and Occupations

26 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2017 Last revised: 9 Sep 2018

Aboozar Hadavand

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Sarah Thomas

New York University (NYU) - The Gallatin School, Students

Pooya Almasi

Georgetown University - Department of Economics

Orkideh Gharehgozli

Montclair State University; City University of New York (CUNY), The Graduate Center, Department of Economics

Date Written: July 3, 2017

Abstract

We propose a new measure of match between college education and occupations and estimate how this match affects wages. Where previous studies have looked at the match between college “majors” and occupations, we calculate a non-binary match score that links “coursework” to occupations. Using NLSY97 data, we find that taking courses in college that are relevant to one’s occupation significantly increases wages. Furthermore, performing well in these courses is associated with an even higher wage premium. A student’s wage increases, on average, by 1.6–2.9 percent for each matched course. This effect increases to 2.3–3.8 percent when we use a grade weighted matching score.

Keywords: Returns to Education; Skill Match; Horizontal Match

JEL Classification: J24, I26, J62

Suggested Citation

Hadavand, Aboozar and Thomas, Sarah and Almasi, Pooya and Gharehgozli, Orkideh, New Evidence on the Match Between College Coursework and Occupations (July 3, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3008961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3008961

Aboozar Hadavand (Contact Author)

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health ( email )

615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
United States

Sarah Thomas

New York University (NYU) - The Gallatin School, Students ( email )

NY
United States

Pooya Almasi

Georgetown University - Department of Economics ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Orkideh Gharehgozli

Montclair State University ( email )

Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
United States

City University of New York (CUNY), The Graduate Center, Department of Economics ( email )

365 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
United States

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