uOttawa Tax-Linkage Project

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 emerges is a unique and powerful portrait of how graduates from different faculties performed in the labour market from 1998 to 2011. Explore the results with these interactive graphs. All earnings figures are expressed in constant 2011 dollars. For details about the data, follow this link ≫.

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Average Earnings Profiles

This graph shows the paths of the average annual earnings of uOttawa graduates from different faculty groups. Use the accompanying slide bar, drop-down menu and buttons to select a graduation cohort, gender, and faculty groups.


Select Category:
Select a Graduation Cohort
1998 2010
Selected Year: 1998

Notes: All earnings figures are in constant 2011 dollars. Results by gender are unavailable for some faculty groups due to sample size issues.

Median Earnings Profiles

This graph shows the paths of the median annual earnings of uOttawa graduates from different faculty groups. Use the accompanying slide bar, drop-down menu and buttons to select a graduation cohort, gender, and faculty groups.


Select Category:
Select a Graduation Cohort
1998 2010
Selected Year: 1998

Notes: All earnings figures are in constant 2011 dollars. Results by gender are unavailable for some faculty groups due to sample size issues.

Entry Earnings

This graph shows the average first year earnings after graduation for different graduation cohorts in given faculty groups. Use the accompanying buttons to choose faculty groups.

Note: All earnings figures are in constant 2011 dollars.

Cumulative Earnings

This graph shows the average cumulative amount earned after graduation by graduates of different cohorts from 1999 to 2010. Use the slide bar to pick a graduation cohort.


Select a Graduation Cohort
1998 2010
Selected Year: 1998

Notes:
All earnings figures are in constant 2011 dollars.
Average cumulative earnings: The average cumulative earnings are calculated as the sum of the average earnings over years since graduation.
Time-discounting: Time discounting is a concept of expressing the value of future earnings in the present by reducing the amount to offset the time until those earnings would be available. The time-discounted values calculated here assume the annual discount rate of 2 percent (i.e. $1,020 in one year is worth $1,000 right now).

Graduation Cohort Comparison

This graph compares the earnings profiles of different graduation cohorts for a given faculty group. Use the drop-down menu to select a faculty group.


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Note: All earnings figures are in constant 2011 dollars.

For More

Post-Schooling Outcomes of University Graduates: A Tax Data Linkage Approach
by Ross Finnie, Dejan Pavlic, Nemanja Jevtovic, and Stephen Childs, 2015

About the Data

Sample Restrictions:
The sample is confined to graduates who obtained a Bachelor's degree and excludes individuals that graduated with advanced degrees. Bachelor's degrees which cannot be entered directly from high school (e.g. education or law) are excluded. Only earnings records equal to or greater than $1,000 are used for analysis in order to exclude non-earners under the assumption that earnings below $1,000 represents an individual that did not work in that year. We exclude individuals that did not file taxes in a given year, but allow them to return into the sample for all years for which tax information is available. We consider individuals to have returned to school if they claim more than $100 in tuition expenses in a given tax year. At that point, we censor the earnings records.

Defintions:
Earnings: The measure of earnings used here is total before-tax earnings, calculated as the sum of the earnings from T4 slips, any declared self-employment income, and other employment income. All earnings are Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjusted to 2011 dollars. To protect individual privacy, the results are rounded to the nearest $100.
Faculty Group: Each graduate observation is classified into one of seven faculty groups based on the first two digits of the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code. The classification scheme is given as follows:

Faculty Group CIP Codes (First 2 Digits)
Business 52. Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services
Engineering and Computer Sciences 11. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
14. Engineering
15. Engineering Technologies/Technicians
Health 51. Health Professions and Related Clinical Services
Humanities05. Area, Ethnic, Cultural and Gender Studies
09. Communication, Journalism and Related Programs
16. Aboriginal and Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
22. Legal Professions and Studies
23. English Language and Literature/Letters
24. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
38. Philosophy and Religious Studies
39. Theology and Religious Vocations
54. History
55. French Language and Literature/Letters
Mathematics and Natural Sciences 26. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
27. Mathematics and Statistics
40. Physical Sciences
41. Science and Technologies/Technicians
Social Science 42. Psychology
44. Public Administration and Social Service Professions
45. Social Sciences
OtherNot classified elsewhere