English title: Does expansion and greater equity in higher education mean worse employability? A comparative perspective

Author(s): Petya Ilieva-Trichkova - Pepka Boyadjieva -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2013


The paper aims at studying the interconnectivity between some recent trends in European higher education, namely expansion and growing emphasis on equity and inequalities in access to higher education, and graduates’ employability. The analysis refers to Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Estonia. The study utilises data from European Social Survey (2002-2010) and uses descriptive statistics and regressions. Our findings suggest that in the context of educational expansion the greater equity and lower inequalities in access to higher education do not always yield positive changes in graduates’ employability, but the expansion itself does not automatically translate into worsening of employability.

Conference name: EAIR 35th Annual Forum The Impact of Higher Education: Addressing the challenges of the 21st century

Location: Rotterdam

Start date: Aug 28, 2013

Type: Paper

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