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Elite universities, fields of study and top salaries: which degree will make you rich?, IN British Educational Research Journal, Vol 44 No 4 Aug 2018, pp663-680

Examines the impact of university attended and subjects studied on the chances of obtaining a top salary in employment, drawing on analysis of longitudinal data from the 1970 British Cohort Study. Finds a hierarchy of university degrees in terms of the chances of joining the top 10% of earners once prior socio-economic and educational factors have been taken into account. Indicates that the large gap between men and women in the chance of obtaining a top salary is not explained by the type of degree achieved, and that there is no evidence of gender differences in the gains from institutional prestige or particular fields of study.


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