Institutional stratification and the postcollege labor market: Comparing job satisfaction and prestige across generations

Jeongeun Kim, Jiyun Kim, Ozan Jaquette, Michael N. Bastedo

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Employing NCES databases, we investigate how college selectivity influences job satisfaction and prestige from the 1970s to the 1990s and across different racial categories. We find that the effect of college selectivity has essentially disappeared over time and that minority students are particularly disadvantaged with respect to job satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-791
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Higher Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes



  • College selectivity
  • Job satisfaction
  • Labor market outcomes
  • Nonpecuniary career outcomes
  • Occupational prestige

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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