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No 292:
University choice and entrepreneurship

Zara Daghbashyan () and Björn Hårsman ()

Abstract: This paper aims at shedding light upon the impact of universities on graduates’ entrepreneurial choice. Previous studies (Dale and Krueger, 2002, Brand and Halaby, 2006, McGuinness, 2003) have analyzed the relationship between the choice of university and labor market success of graduates in terms of their subsequent wages, employability or over-education, whereas the possible link between the choice of university and entrepreneurial choice has been neglected.Using 1998-2008 data on graduates from Swedish higher education institutions (HEI), the paper finds significant variation in the impact of universities on the career choice of graduates. The results suggest that graduates with degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences, medicine and teacher education from more prestigious universities systematically differ from others in their entrepreneurial choice. At the same time, no statistically significant difference is found for technical science graduates.

Keywords: universities; education; entrepreneurship; graduates; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: L26; M53; M54; (follow links to similar papers)

43 pages, December 17, 2012

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