Higher Education

, Volume 54, Issue 3, pp 333–360 | Cite as

The transition from higher education to employment in Europe: the analysis of the time to obtain the first job

  • Manuel Salas-Velasco


This paper investigates the determinants of the transition from higher education to work across Europe using various specifications of duration models and a one-time multi-country survey of university graduates from nine European countries. Results point to differences between the North and South of Europe in the difficulty of getting a first job. They confirm that individual characteristics such as the field/level of studies or the socioeconomic background, and individual job search bear a significant relationship to the probability of finding a job. Evidence of unobserved heterogeneity is also found.


graduate labor market survival analysis transition to first employment 

JEL classifications

C41 J44 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias de la EducaciónUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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