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Учись, студент? Влияние успеваемости в вузе на стартовую заработную плату выпускников

Вопросы экономики. 2017. № 3. С. 77-102.

This paper analyses the impact of student academic achievement on future wages of Russian university graduates through looking into GPA-earnings relationship for graduates of Russian selective university, based on cross-sectional graduate survey data. The issue of how student academic achievement, measured by GPA impact future labor market rewards is analyzed through the set of academic, demographic and labor market factors. Our results indicate that there is no significant impact of GPA on future earnings for male graduates and negative impact for female graduates (8,2% wage penalty for additional GPA point). The effect of GPA on earnings is insignificant if we control for sectoral segregation. The evaluation of most detailed specification that reflects differences in spheres and sectors of employment and taking into account job tenure reveals that the effect is negative with low significance for entire sample (-5,2%) and for female graduate (-6,5%), but insignificant for male graduates. The existence of work experience before graduation is the most significant factor that positively affects future wages for both groups. However, we found no evidence that combining study and work affects student academic achievements.