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The Effect of a University Degree in English on International Labour Mobility

10 aprile 2019 ore 12:00 - 14:00

Aula 207, Sede di Viale Romania, 32

Speaker: Samuel Nocito, LUISS

Title: The Effect of a University Degree in English on International Labour Mobility

Abstract: I investigate the effect of studying in the English language on international labour market mobility for university graduates from a non-English speaking country. I exploit the introduction of Master of Arts degrees in English when students were enrolled in their Bachelor as an instrument for studying in English. I find that studying in English increases the individual's probability of working abroad by 11.2 percentage points. I also estimate the effect of an English degree on wages, and I find that graduates in English benefit almost a 60 percent increase in wage compared to graduates in the national language. Finally, I provide evidence that the strong effect on wages can be explained because individuals who study in English self-select into more remunerative labour contracts and economic sectors.