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ERIC Number: EJ917753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Transition of Higher Education Graduates to the Labour Market: Are Employment Procedures More Meritocratic in the Public Sector?
Berggren, Caroline
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v33 n2 p91-100 Apr 2011
As an employer, the public sector might be expected to be more meritocratic than the private sector, because of its democratic values and more transparent appointments procedures. In this context meritocratic means that the employer only considers characteristics such as degree and grades, relevant for the position in question. The individuals in this study have completed one of four higher education degrees, and are aged 30-32 years (n = 22,133). Multinomial logistic regression analyses were employed. The results show that the public and the private sector are similar in that they both seem to prefer male graduates from old and well-established universities. One slight difference is that graduates' family and national backgrounds appear to be less relevant in the public sector than in the private sector. These differences are present even when several other educational factors are the same. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden