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University selectivity and returns premium: evidence from Kazakhstan

Saule Kemelbayeva ()

Education Economics, 2022, vol. 30, issue 3, 270-302

Abstract: More selective universities are presumably better in quality and expected to provide better labour market outcomes for their graduates – returns premia. However, various empirical applications have found that part of it should be attributed to selectivity. Using the data on recent higher education graduates' entry salaries with a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, this study reveals no apparent difference in the returns one gains by attending more selective and relatively better-funded national universities as opposed to other public HEIs in Kazakhstan, at least during the first year in employment, which may potentially call for a reconsideration of the associated policies.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2021.1958166

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