Research and analysis

Undergraduate degrees: labour market returns

Analysis of the estimated absolute economic value of degrees, comparing higher education students and graduates’ earnings with similar individuals at age 29.

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The impact of undergraduate degrees on early-career earnings

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The absolute labour market returns to different degrees - appendix data tables

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Details

This research looks at over 1,200 courses offered across UK universities.

It uses the Longitudinal Education Outcomes dataset to consider background characteristics like:

  • class
  • ethnicity
  • GCSE results

This is to estimate the absolute earnings return from different university courses.

The first publication in this research series, relative labour market returns are also available.

Published 27 November 2018
Last updated 6 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Appendix data tables updated: table 16 figures corrected.
  2. First published.