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University Admission and the Similarity of Fields of Study: Effects on Earnings and Skill Usage

Moira Daly, Mathias Fjællegaard Jensen and Daniel le Maire ()

Labour Economics, 2022, vol. 75, issue C

Abstract: Using discontinuities from the Danish college enrollment system, we find that students who are marginally accepted into their preferred program in a broad field that is different from their next-best choice (e.g., business rather than science) experience significant and long-lasting rewards as a result. In contrast, students whose preferred and next-best programs lie within the same broad field do not. Exploiting data from online job postings, we find that the estimated effects on skill usage similarly vary according to the degree of similarity between preferred and next-best choices.

Keywords: Field of study; earnings; skills; online job postings; regression discontinuity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H52 I23 I26 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102118

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