Schooling Effects and Earnings of French University
Graduates : School Quality Matters, but Choice of
Disciplines Matters More

Abstract : Our aim in this article is to study the relation between earnings of French universities graduates and some characteristics of their universities. We exploit data from the Céreq's "Génération 98" survey, enriched with information on university characteristics primarily from the ANETES (yearbook of French institutions of higher education). We employ multilevel modeling, enabling us to take advantage of the natural hierarchy in our separate datasets, and thus to identify, and even to measure potential effcts of institutional quality. Since we take into account many individual students characteristics, we are able to obtain an income hierarchy among the diffrent disciplines : students who graduated in science, economics or management obtain the highest earnings. Below them, we nd students who graduated in law, political science, communication or language and literature, while the ones who graduated in social studies earn the lowest incomes. On the institutional level, we nd two signicant quality effects : the rst is from the socioeconomic composition of the university's student population, and the second effect is from the university's network in the job market. These last two results remain stable when we examine subsamples of universities according to their dominant teaching elds, except for universities that are particularly concentrated in science.
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Jean-François Giret, Mathieu Goudard. Schooling Effects and Earnings of French University
Graduates : School Quality Matters, but Choice of
Disciplines Matters More. Université de Bourgogne, CNRS, ENESAD, INRA. 26èmes Journées de Microéconomie appliquée, Jun 2009, Dijon, France. 22 p., 2009. 〈halshs-00399564〉

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