Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101873
Title: Breadth of University Curriculum and Labor Market Outcomes
Authors: Kelvin K.C. Seah 
Jessica Pan 
Poh Lin Tan 
Keywords: Curriculum breadth
Difference-in-differences
Earnings
Employment
University curriculum
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2020
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Kelvin K.C. Seah, Jessica Pan, Poh Lin Tan (2020-08-01). Breadth of University Curriculum and Labor Market Outcomes. Labour Economics 65. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101873
Abstract: We explore whether the choice of broad versus specialized university curricula affects subsequent labor market outcomes, as measured by earnings, full-time permanent employment, and unemployment six months after university graduation. We exploit a unique episode in the history of the National University of Singapore, in which a university-wide revision in graduation requirements in 2007 prompted students in one of the largest faculties to read a narrower, more specialized, curriculum. Using a difference-in-differences strategy, we compare changes in the labor market outcomes of graduate cohorts from the affected faculty, before-and-after the curriculum revision, to changes in the labor market outcomes of graduate cohorts from the other faculties. We do not find evidence that curriculum breadth matters for these labor market outcomes. Similar conclusions are obtained using regression-control strategies and rich administrative data on student characteristics and academic ability for the broader population of undergraduates at NUS. © 2020
Source Title: Labour Economics
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/172855
ISSN: 09275371
DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101873
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