Field of Study and Family Outcomes

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Elisabeth Artmann

VU University Amsterdam

Nadine Ketel

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Amsterdam; Tinbergen Institute; CEPR

Hessel Oosterbeek

University of Amsterdam - Research Institute in Economics & Econometrics (RESAM); Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Bas van der Klaauw

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

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Abstract

This paper uses administrative data from 16 cohorts of the Dutch population to study the relationship between field of study and family outcomes. We first document considerable variation by field of study for a range of family outcomes. To get to causal effects, we use admission lotteries that were conducted in the Netherlands to allocate seats for four substantially oversubscribed studies. We find that field of study matters for partner choice, which for women also implies an effect on partners' earnings. Fertility of women is not affected and evidence for men is mixed, but we find evidence for intergenerational effects on children's education. This means that field of study does not only affect individual labor market outcomes but also causally influences other important dimensions of a person's life.

Keywords: higher education, study choice, returns to education, assortative matching, intergenerational mobility

JEL Classification: I26, J12, J13

Suggested Citation

Artmann, Elisabeth and Ketel, Nadine and Oosterbeek, Hessel and van der Klaauw, Bas, Field of Study and Family Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11658, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3217474

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