How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socioeconomic background


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This paper uses tax and student loan administrative data to measure how the earnings of English graduates around 10 years into the labour market vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socioeconomic background. The English system is competitive to enter, with some universities demanding very high entrance grades. Students specialise early, nominating their subject before they enter higher education (HE). [The authors] find subjects like medicine, economics, law, maths and business deliver substantial premiums over typical graduates, while disappointingly, creative arts...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Income; Students; Equity; Gender; Higher education; Statistics; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Graduates; Socioeconomic background; Social mobility; Longitudinal data; University

Geographic subjects: England; Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2016

Physical description: 62 p. (report) + [10] p. (executive summary)

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Series: IFS working paper; no. W16/06

ISSN: 1742-0415

This research has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 124.558

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