Do grades in higher education matter for labour market rewards?: a multilevel analysis of all Norwegian graduates in the period 1990-2006

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Author: Roberg, Karl Ingar Kittelsen; Helland, Havard


This paper examines the effects of grades from higher education on labour market outcomes. Economic theory predicts that grades are rewarded in the labour market because employers regard them as an expression of valuable skills or a signal of other sought after attributes. Social closure, however, may give reason to expect no effects. Whether good grades are rewarded in the labour market is thus uncertain. This paper addresses this question by examining whether employers tend to reward good grades in the form of employment and higher income. Previous research has demonstrated that the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Higher education; Outcomes; Income; Employment

Keywords: Graduates; Wage; Education work relationship; Attainment; Achievement; Return on education and training; Employability

Geographic subjects: Norway; Europe

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 30

Journal number: 4

Journal date: January-June 2017

Pages: pp. 383-402

ISSN: 1363-9080, 1469-9435 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 129.158

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