Ruhr Economic Papers
Ruhr Economic Papers #316
Wage Differentials by Field of Study – The Case of German University Graduates
RWI, 02/2012, 26 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-363-4 DOI: 10.4419/86788363download
Using data on German university graduates, this paper analyzes wage differentials by field of study at labor market entry and five to six years later. At both points in time, graduates from Arts and Humanities have lower average monthly wages compared to other fields of study. Blinder-Oaxaca decompositions show that these wage differentials are generated largely by different job and firm characteristics of graduates rather than individual or study-related characteristics. We also find evidence that the less favorable job and firm characteristics of Arts and Humanities graduates at labor market entry persist for (at least) the next five to six years.
JEL-Classification: I23, J24, J31
Keywords: Wage decomposition; university graduates; field of study