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Tertiary education expansion and task demand: Does a rising tide lift all boats?

Tobias Schultheiss, Curdin Pfister (), Uschi Backes-Gellner and Ann-Sophie Gnehm
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Ann-Sophie Gnehm: University of Zurich

No 154, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: We examine how the establishment of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Switzerland affects the jobs of not only UAS graduates but also middle-skilled workers with vocational degrees, for whom such tertiary education expansion may crowd out skilled tasks or elevate the task content. Applying machine-learning methods to job ad data, we analyze task content before and after the educational expansion, finding that in affected regions the tasks of both groups contain more R&D and become more like those of academic graduates. UAS graduates build a bridge between academic graduates and middle-skilled workers, facilitating the integration of middle-skilled workers into R&D tasks.

Keywords: higher education expansion; labor demand; job advertisements; crowding out (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J23 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2018-07, Revised 2019-07
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