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Graduate employability in Europe: the role of human capital, institutional reputation and network ties in European graduate labour markets

Souto-Otero, Manuel and Bialowoski, Piotr 2021. Graduate employability in Europe: the role of human capital, institutional reputation and network ties in European graduate labour markets. Journal of Education and Work 34 (5-6) , pp. 611-631. 10.1080/13639080.2021.1965969

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Abstract

The link between higher education and employment is central to the understanding of social stratification and social mobility. We use three theories to analyse the importance of education and credentials in recruitment decisions in European graduate labour markets: human capital (HC), network capital (NC) and reputational capital (RC) theory. Latent class modelling was applied to data from over 5,000 European private-sector companies to allow segmentation. The results identify four groups of companies using different HC, NC and RC mixes in the recruitment process. A ‘complementary effect’ was found between these forms of capital at the time of recruitment. Company classes, however, vary in their emphasis on different types of capital according to their characteristics. The article further contributes to the literature by exploring how national political economies relate to segmentation patterns, and questioning some of the central tenets of the Varieties of Capitalism literature.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1469-9435
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 September 2021
Date of Acceptance: 28 June 2021
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 14:22
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/144044

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