Inequalities beyond access? Labour market conditions and social differences in students’ jobs

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Inequalities beyond access? Labour market conditions and social differences in students’ jobs

This seminar will be presented by Professor Marita Jacob, University of Cologne.

Abstract
While several recent studies have examined social inequalities in enrolment and graduation rates, previous research did not consider the similarly important variation in students’ experiences during higher education, for example their participation in the labour market. In our paper we examine class-specific employment patterns among students. In particular, we extend previous approaches by taking into account different local labour market conditions that affect the quantity and quality of jobs available to students. We hypothesise social differences in employment to be more pronounced in less prosperous regions because there, only those students with low reservation wages work, as they need the money for subsistence. However, regarding job quality, social differences would be more pronounced in crowded labour markets, as students from privileged backgrounds would displace students from the lower classes in high-quality jobs. In our empirical analyses we actually find that students with parents that themselves have not graduated are more likely to work than are students with two highly educated parents, and the jobs they occupy are less related to their field of study. Our results also show that under tighter labour market conditions the disadvantages of students from a lower social backgrounds increase.

This event is free for AQMeN members to attend but as places are limited you must register using the link below. 

Date: 
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:30
Organiser: 
AQMeN
Location: 
Edinburgh
Venue: 
1.05, Simon Laurie House, 198 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ

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