Tertiary education expansion and task demand: Does a rising tide lift all boats?
Curdin Pfister (),
Uschi Backes-Gellner and
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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)
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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