Stimulating Graduates’ Research-Oriented Careers: Does Academic Research Matter?

Mauro Sylos-Labini, Natalia Zinovyeva

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This article investigates whether the quality of higher education and, in particular, its research performance stimulate graduates' research-oriented careers. More specifically, exploiting a very rich data set on university graduates and the higher education institutions they attended, we empirically study whether graduates from universities and programs that display better academic research records are more likely to be enrolled in PhDs or employed as researchers 3 years after graduation. Controlling for a number of individual and university covariates and using different proxies for research performance, we find that the likelihood of entering a research-oriented career increases with the quality of academic research. Notably, the inclusion of university-fixed effects shows that this result does not stem from unobserved university heterogeneity. Our finding is stronger for graduates in hard sciences, medicine, and engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-365
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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