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Early labor market outcomes of university graduates: Does time to degree matter?

Carmen Aina and Giorgia Casalone ()

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2020, vol. 71, issue C

Abstract: Using university administrative and survey data drawn from the AlmaLaurea Consortium, we analyze the effect of time to degree on the early labor market performance of Italian graduates. The empirical strategy allows identifying separately the impact of elapsed time to degree on the transition from university to work and on earnings from other determinants specific to the academic path completed. Findings suggest that delayed graduation reduces the employment probability (0.8% points for each year of delay), and this effect is still persistent five years after graduation. Once employed, graduates not completing their degree within the minimum period are also penalized in their net monthly earnings, even five years after graduation. The most penalized groups are women and graduates in non-scientific fields.

Keywords: Time to degree; Labor market outcomes; Returns to university (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2020.100822

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