Is Graduate Under-Employment Persistent? Evidence from the United Kingdom

Irene Mosca, Robert Wright

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This paper examines the persistence of under-employment amongst UK higher education
graduates. For the cohort of individuals who graduated in 2002/3, micro-data collected by the
Higher Education Statistical Agency, are used to calculate the rates of “non-graduate job”
employment 6 months and 42 months after graduation. A logit regression analysis suggests
the underemployment is not a short-term phenomenon and is systematically related to a set of
observable characteristics. It is also found that under-employment 6 months after graduation
is positively related to under-employment 42 months after graduation, which is consistent
with the view that the nature of the first job after graduation is important in terms of
occupational attainment later in the life-cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Publication series

NameStrathclyde Discussion Papers in Economics
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde


  • graduate
  • under-employment
  • evidence
  • over-education
  • persistent
  • united kingdom

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