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A-levels - Best and Worst Subjects

Are some subjects harmful to career prospects and life-time earning potential? Also, are degrees in those subjects exacerbating this?

See https://londoneconomics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/London-Economics-Report-Returns-to-GCE-A-Levels-Final-12-02-2015.pdf
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Original post by Kinga88
Are some subjects harmful to career prospects and life-time earning potential? Also, are degrees in those subjects exacerbating this?

See https://londoneconomics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/London-Economics-Report-Returns-to-GCE-A-Levels-Final-12-02-2015.pdf


This is a classic rubbish study. Have you read the methodology? "To undertake this analysis, we estimated the earnings and employment returns to holding A levels"

In other words, they guessed the financial outcomes of people who took certain a-levels.

Also, this is a classic case of measuring something after it has happened. You can never test the effects of A-levels because you can never create a situation where you randomly allocate subjects to students and then measure their outcomes.

I would suggest that the people who would naturally do well financially will choose subjects that aid that progress whereas students who choose A-levels that do not yield success tend to be motivated by subjects that interest them at that point in time or are perceived as being easy and we know that choosing easy options does not necessarily yield high earnings.

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