Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101873
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dc.titleBreadth of University Curriculum and Labor Market Outcomes
dc.contributor.authorKelvin K.C. Seah
dc.contributor.authorJessica Pan
dc.contributor.authorPoh Lin Tan
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-17T07:04:53Z
dc.date.available2020-08-17T07:04:53Z
dc.date.issued2020-08-01
dc.identifier.citationKelvin 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
dc.identifier.issn09275371
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/172855
dc.description.abstractWe 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
dc.publisherElsevier B.V.
dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectCurriculum breadth
dc.subjectDifference-in-differences
dc.subjectEarnings
dc.subjectEmployment
dc.subjectUniversity curriculum
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF ECONOMICS
dc.contributor.departmentLEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101873
dc.description.sourcetitleLabour Economics
dc.description.volume65
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