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Richard Deitz

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2017Underemployment in the Early Careers of College Graduates Following the Great Recession
with Jaison R. Abel
in Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth, Charles Hulten and Valerie Ramey, editors
September 2016Underemployment in the Early Careers of College Graduates Following the Great Recession
with Jaison R. Abel: w22654
Though labor market conditions steadily improved following the Great Recession, underemployment among recent college graduates continued to climb, reaching highs not seen since the early 1990s. In this paper, we take a closer look at the jobs held by underemployed college graduates in the early stages of their careers during the first few years after the Great Recession. Contrary to popular perception, we show that relatively few recent graduates were working in low-skilled service jobs, and that many of the underemployed worked in fairly well paid non-college jobs requiring some degree of knowledge and skill. We also find that the likelihood of being underemployed was lower for those with more quantitatively oriented and occupation-specific majors than it was for those with degrees in gen...

Forthcoming: Underemployment in the Early Careers of College Graduates Following the Great Recession, Jaison R. Abel, Richard Deitz. in Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth, Hulten and Ramey. 2017

 
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