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Wage returns to university disciplines in Greece?

Clarisse Faria-Fortecoëf

Are Greek Higher Education Degrees Trojan Horses ?

The study "Wage Returns to University Disciplines in Greece: Are Greek Higher Education Degrees Trojan Horses?", published in September 2009 (Discussion paper N° 4442) by the Institute for the Study of Labor IZA, examines the wage returns to qualifications and academic disciplines in the Greek labour market. 

Using non explored data from the Greek Labour Force Survey (LFS) of the National statistical service of Greece (ESYE), the returns to academic disciplines are estimated by gender and public/private sector.

What emerges clearly from the analysis of this paper is that the future educational reforms in Greece need to take into account the heterogeneous nature of the returns to alternative academic disciplines – in terms of employment and wages - and use them as a guide to inform students curriculum choices, and as impetus for the achievement of a more efficient match between the supply and demand in the Labor market.

You can download the study in pdf format on the IZA’s website, section “Publications / Discussion papers/4442”.

The authors of this study: Ilias Livanos(IER, University of Warwick), Konstantinos Pouliakas (CELMR, University of Aberdeen and IZA )