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The Effect of a University Degree in English on International Labour Mobility

Samuel Nocito

No 18144, Working Papers LuissLab from Dipartimento di Economia e Finanza, LUISS Guido Carli

Abstract: I investigate the effect of studying in English language on international labour market mobility for university graduates from a non-English speaking country. I exploit the introduction of Master of Arts degrees in English when students where enrolled in their Bachelor as an instrument for studying in English. I find that studying in English increases the individual’s probability of working abroad by 11.2 percentage points. I also estimate the effect of an English degree on wages, and I find that graduates in English benefit almost a 60 percent increase in wage compared to graduates in national language. Finally, I provide evidence that the strong effect on wages can be explained because individuals who study in English self-select into more remunerative labour contracts and economic sectors

Keywords: degree in English; graduates labour mobility; graduates wage; return to education; high skill migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I23 I26 J24 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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