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Returns to University Quality in Australia: A Two-Stage Analysis

David Carroll (), Chris Heaton () and Max Tani
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David Carroll: UNSW Canberra

No 8473, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This study investigates the relationship between university quality and graduate starting salaries using pooled Australian data from the Graduate Destination survey and a two-stage estimation methodology. The results suggest that average starting salaries for young undergraduates differ significantly across universities after controlling for relevant confounding factors, though the range of university effects is fairly small in relation to other salary determinants, particularly course area. The results are robust to alternative specifications and suggest that employers generally do not place salary premia on attending a high-quality or prestigious university, at least upon workforce entry.

Keywords: human capital; returns to education; university choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A22 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-09
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