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The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK

Walker, Ian, Zhu, Yu (2008) The College Wage Premium and the Expansion of Higher Education in the UK. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 110 (4). pp. 695-709. ISSN 0347-0520. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00557.x) (KAR id:15470)


This paper reports estimates of the UK “college premium” for young graduates across successive cohorts from large cross section datasets for the UK pooled from 1994 to 2006 - a period when the higher education participation rate increased dramatically. This implies that graduate supply considerably outstripped demand which ought to imply a fall in the premium. We find no significant fall for men and even a large, but insignificant, rise for women. Quantile regression results reveal a fall in the premium only for men in the bottom quartile of the distribution of unobserved skills.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00557.x
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Uncontrolled keywords: Human capital; higher education; college premium; I20; J30
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Yu Zhu
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 14:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:53 UTC
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Zhu, Yu.

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