Does it pay to graduate from an 'elite' university in Australia?


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Author: Carroll, David; Heaton, Christopher; Tani, Massimiliano


In Australia, the so-called Group of Eight (Go8) universities have lower student-to-staff ratios, better qualified staff, superior research outcomes, and generally better placement in university rankings compared to non-Go8 universities. They are also typically the most competitive universities for prospective undergraduates to enter. Prior published research, mainly focusing on the United States, has found that graduates of prestigious and selective colleges enjoy a wage premium over graduates of other institutions when they enter the labour market. In this paper, we use data from the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Providers of education and training; Higher education

Keywords: Graduates; University; Institutional role; Human capital; Wage rate; Return on education and training

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2018

Physical description: 22 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 11477

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 132.502

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