ERIC Number: EJ788083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Who Goes to Graduate/Professional School? The Importance of Economic Fluctuations, Undergraduate Field, and Ability
Bedard, Kelly; Herman, Douglas A.
Economics of Education Review, v27 n2 p197-210 Apr 2008
This study examines the impact of fluctuations in entry-level labor market conditions on the graduate school enrollment decisions of newly minted undergraduate degree holders. Using repeated cross-section data for recently graduated science and engineering undergraduates from the National Survey of Recent College Graduates, and state-level unemployment rates to measure entry-level labor market conditions, we find that advanced degree enrollment patterns vary across the business cycle by undergraduate major, GPA, gender, and advanced degree type.
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Labor Market, College Graduates, Economic Climate, Enrollment, Entry Workers, Employment Opportunities, Majors (Students), Gender Differences, Academic Degrees, Graduate Study, Sciences, Engineering, Education Work Relationship, Enrollment Trends, Enrollment Influences, Economics
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