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Two Grundy County High School graduates are gaining national recognition from their latest research on employment opportunities after college.
Alan Seals, Associate Professor of Economics at Auburn University, and John Nunley, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin, were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal discussing their latest project.
Driven by the recent recession and fewer job prospects for college students, Seals and Nunley investigated the rate of graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree receiving an interview with future employers based on their resume. Results from the study revealed that college majors did not play a significant role in potential interviewees receiving a face-to-face meeting with potential employers. There was no evidence that a business degree improved employment prospects.
In an interesting contrast, college graduates who had completed a three-month internship had a 14% higher chance of receiving an interview with potential employers.
Seals and Nunley both attended Middle Tennessee University where they both received a Ph.D. in Economics.