While empirical research on American first-generation college students has tracked how students move into and through institutions, researchers rarely report on post-graduation outcomes of first-generation students. This project tests the assumption that first-generation and multi-generation college graduates are indistinguishable across numeracy skill and labor market outcomes. We analysed a nationally representative survey collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which includes a measure of numeracy skill as well as labor market outcomes. We find that first-generation college graduates enjoy access to many of the same labor market outcomes of their multi-generation college graduate peers. However, first-generation college graduates lag behind in measures of numeracy.
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- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)