CGHE seminar 72

Graduate jobs and graduate wages across Europe in the 21st century

  • Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 12:30 - 14:00
  • Committee Room 1, UCL Institute of Education
  • Francis Green, UCL Institute of Education
  • Golo Henseke, UCL Institute of Education


Following the ubiquitous mass expansion of higher education enrolment, Europe’s labour markets are experiencing an unprecedented supply of tertiary-level graduates.

While these graduates continue to enjoy an average earnings premium when compared with their less educated counterparts, the questions as to whether the demand for graduate labour keeps up with the rising supplies of graduates and whether the premiums for graduates are becoming more varied are becoming increasingly important.

In this presentation, Professor Green and Dr Henseke will review recent research that examines graduate labour markets across countries through the lens of the concept of a ‘graduate job’.

They will draw a comparison between the trajectories of the German and British graduate labour markets in the 21st century. They will then present preliminary new research examining trends across Europe in the dispersion of wages among graduates.

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Francis Green

Francis Green

Francis Green is Professor of Work and Education Economics at UCL Institute of Education and a CGHE Co-Investigator. He writes on skills, education, training, job quality and industrial relations issues, and has worked as an advisor to the OECD, the European Union, the World Bank, and the UK and Singapore governments.

Golo Henseke

Golo Henseke

Dr Golo Henseke is a CGHE Research Associate, based at the UCL Institute of Education. Golo’s research cuts across multiple themes in labour economics. His work illuminates patterns and determinants of heterogeneity in graduate outcomes in the labour market and beyond, examines the role of school quality on job outcomes over the lifecycle, and analyses the relation of job quality with workers’ health and wellbeing.

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