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How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socio-economic background

This paper looks at the link between earnings and students' background, degree subject and university attended. It examines to what extent the observed variations are driven just by prior attainment as opposed to course or institution of study, as well as to what extent family background influences future earnings, and even given course and institution. 

Findings include:  

• Graduates from wealthier family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than graduates from poorer backgrounds, even after completing the same degrees from the same universities.  

• Those studying medicine and economics earn far more than those studying other degree subjects, even taking their higher A-level achievement into account.  

• There is also considerable variation in graduates' earnings depending on the university attended.

Author(s): Jack Britton, Lorraine Dearden, Neil Shephard and Anna Vignoles

Other Publishers: Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Production date: 2016

How to obtain: Download the executive summary for How English domiciled graduate earnings vary with gender, institution attended, subject and socio-economic background

Communities: Heads and Deputies, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Diversity, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance, Health and Medical Professions

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Students and graduates - all

Format: Web



Tags: social mobility widening access widening participation graduate earnings smedicine economics salary information starting salaries

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