Labour Market Dynamics and Training

EPRI has conducted numerous projects examining the labour market outcomes of postsecondary eduction and training programs using a combination of administrative data from postsecondary institutions and government agencies and tax records held by Statistics Canada.

EPRI-ESDC Tax-Linkage Project

This project links administrative student data held by 14 PSE institutions across the country with tax files at Statistics Canada in order to track students' post-graduation earnings. The goal of this project is to provide unique and powerful learning and labour market information that will be useful to the PSE institutions, to students making schooling choices, to employers, to PSE and labour market policy makers, and to the general public. The project is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), with a contribution from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). Click here to explore more about the project. ≫

Documents:
Barista or Better? New Evidence on Earnings of Post-Secondary Education Graduates: A Tax Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Kaveh Afshar, Eda Bozkurt, Masashi Miyairi, and Dejan Pavlic, 2016
Ottawa: Education Policy Research Initiative (Executive Summary)

Post-Secondary and Workplace Skills

The Post-Secondary and Workplace Skills Project aims to determine which skills are most important to the labour market success of PSE graduates. The focus is on skills that i) are relevant to employers and the labour market outcomes of graduates, ii) can be validly and reliably assessed, and iii) can be taught or developed in post-secondary education. The project aims to survey/assess students at EPRI's partner PSE institutions near the end of their studies in order to determine the skills they possess before entering the labour market, and then to see how these skills are related to labour market outcomes, including differences based on student characteristics and schooling experiences. A subset of students who complete the initial skills assessment will also be asked to complete a follow-up survey/assessment once they are in the labour force. The follow-up would include a re-administration of the skills assessments and/or gathering information on other measures of labour market success, such as job stability and satisfaction, hours worked per week, and opportunities for professional development.

Do Better Grades in PSE Lead to Better Labour Market Outcomes?

This project examines the link between students' PSE grades and labour market outcomes. It builds on the ongoing EPRI-ESDC Tax-Linkage Project. The study examines if, and to what degree, different levels of skills and mastery at the PSE level, as captured by graduates' final grade point average (GPA), are rewarded in the labour market. The study is funded by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund.

Documents:
Post-Schooling Outcomes of University Graduates: A Data Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Toronto: Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund

uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project

The uOttawa Tax-Linkage project uses tax records to track the earnings of graduates from the University of Ottawa on a year‐by‐year basis following graduation. What emerges is a unique and powerful picture of how graduates from different faculties performed in the labour market from 1998 through 2011. Click here to explore the results in a series of interactive graphs. ≫

Documents:
Post-Schooling Outcomes of University Graduates: A Data Linkage Approach
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Toronto: Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund
Analyis of Long-Term Outcomes for University Graduates in Information and Communications Technology Programs
Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2014
Ottawa: Industry Canada (Appendix)

uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project Extension

The uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project linked administrative data on uOttawa graduates to their tax records in order to track their post-schooling labour market earnings. What emerged was a unique picture of the performance of graduates, from different fields of study, in the labour market from 1998 to 2011. This project's extension is examining the graduates' earnings along two dimensions: i) the department which the student graduated from, and ii) the graduate's final GPA.

The Earnings Outcomes of Post-secondary Co-op Graduates: Evidence from Tax-linked Administrative Data

This project examines the earnings outcomes of co-op graduates using data from five Ontario PSE institutions. It is based on a novel dataset that linked 14 Canadian PSE institutions’ administrative data on graduates to their tax records stored at Statistics Canada. These data contain up to eight years of earnings history following graduation, allowing us to study the pattern of earnings profiles for co-op graduates. The data also allow us to produce results broken down by student characteristics, in particular field of study and gender. The study is funded by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund.

Documents:
The Earnings Outcomes of Post-secondary Co-op Graduates: Evidence from Tax-linked Administrative Data
Ross Finnie and Masashi Miyairi, 2017
Toronto: Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund