School-to-Work Linkages in Texas

with Bethany Lewis & Irina Chukhray

This report examined school-to-work linkages among bachelor’s degree holders in the state of Texas. Linkage is a measure of how closely connected college majors are to specific occupations in the labor market. Studying linkage is useful as the state works toward ensuring students complete postsecondary credentials with marketable skills. The study found linkage positively predicted earnings. Moreover, the earnings benefits from linkage were concentrated among individuals in matched occupations, or individuals employed in jobs common among people with their college major. Finally, the study found linkage negatively predicted unemployment.

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