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Briefing Report 408 DFE-IFS - The relative labour market returns to different degrees

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) research report, commissioned by the DfE, is the first in a series of reports seeking to improve the information available to stakeholders on the value of different degree courses. The reports make use of the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) administrative dataset, which tracks English students through school, college, university and into the labour market. The report provides estimates of the labour market return - measured by earnings and employment 5 years after graduation - to different subjects, institutions and degree courses relative to the average degree. It tries to disentangle the impact of a degree on earnings and employment outcomes from that of student characteristics.

This is one of a number of reports identified by higher education experts in an HEi-know poll as being among the most influential for sector policy in the past decade.

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