Breadth of University Curriculum and Labor Market Outcomes
43 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2020 Last revised: 7 Oct 2020
Date Written: August 1, 2020
We explore student self-selection into broader versus more specialized university curriculums, and whether these choices affect subsequent labor market outcomes, as measured by earnings, full-time permanent employment, and unemployment six months after university graduation. We exploit a unique episode in the history of the National University of Singapore, in which a university-wide revision in graduation requirements in 2007 prompted one of the largest faculties to read a narrower, more specialized, curriculum, while offering others more flexibility to read a broader curriculum. Using a difference-in-differences strategy, we compare changes in the labor market outcomes of graduate cohorts from the former group of faculties, before-and-after the curriculum revision, to changes in the labor market outcomes of graduate cohorts from the latter group of faculties. We do not find evidence that curriculum breadth matters for these labor market outcomes.
Keywords: University Curriculum, Curriculum Breadth, Difference-in-Differences, Earnings, Employment
JEL Classification: I21, J31
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