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Early Specialization in Higher Education and Labor Market Outcomes

Date: Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022, 16:00 ~ 17:15
Speaker: Joseph Han (KDI)
Location: 우석경제관 223동 307호
한요셉 박사님의 세미나가 있을 예정입니다. 

* 주관: 서울대학교 경제학부, 경제연구소 한국경제혁신센터, SSK, BK21

* 본 세미나는 졸업요건(2022-2학기) 및 BK21+(2022-2학기) 세미나 참석으로 인정됩니다.

세미나 참석인정을 원하는 학생은 세미나 종료 후 참석자 명단을 작성해주시기 바랍니다.

Abstract: This study empirically investigates the effects of a policy change that lifted a restriction that required universities to admit students to groups of departments, rather than single departments. Consequently, the entry cohorts affected by the policy change had to specify a major from the very beginning of their college education. Using this policy-driven change in the timing of specialization, we find that early specialization reduces early career earnings by approximately 12%. An extensive investigation of various outcomes shows that the negative earnings effect is related to the role of "general human capital" amid labor demand changes.
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