Persisting gaps: Labor Market outcomes and numeracy skill levels of first-generation and multi-generation College graduates in the United States

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Abstract

While empirical research on American first-generation college students has tracked how students move into and through institutions, researchers rarely report on post-graduation outcomes of first-generation students. This project tests the assumption that first-generation and multi-generation college graduates are indistinguishable across numeracy skill and labor market outcomes. We analysed a nationally representative survey collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which includes a measure of numeracy skill as well as labor market outcomes. We find that first-generation college graduates enjoy access to many of the same labor market outcomes of their multi-generation college graduate peers. However, first-generation college graduates lag behind in measures of numeracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Social Stratification and Mobility
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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