The Higher Education Graduates Survey (HEGS) covers a random sample of university graduates aged 25-40 years from selected disciplines; namely: accounting, administration, and computer sciences who graduated during the fifteen years preceding the survey.
The survey instruments collects information on graduates' socio-economic background, household characteristics, education experience, job experience and employment history and mobility.
It also provides data on students' feedback and monitoring in both private and public institutions, labor market outcomes for graduates of these institutions and retrospective data on graduates' learning experience.
This survey, through studying the institutional framework of the higher education system, aims at reaching a tool for improving the quality of higher education.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
- Individual (Higher education graduate aged 25-40 in selected disciplines)
Version 1.0: A version of the raw data prepared for dissemination
The Economic Research Forum releases the data in both SPSS and STATA formats.
For a selected sample of higher education graduates; the survey provides data on:
1- Dwelling and Household characteristics
2- Family background
3- Education background
4- Employment history and mobility
5- Latest job characteristics
Producers and sponsors
Economic Research Forum
Department of Statistics
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The sample frame for this survey is 1,924 individuals aged between 25 and 40 years and holding a bachelor degree in one of the disciplines of accounting, management or computer science. The sample is extracted from two earlier surveys conducted by the Jordanian Department of Statistics (DOS).
The first was the Job Creation Survey, which was fielded in the first half of 2012; the survey traced 1,300 individuals. It is worth noting that DOS conducts the Job Creation Survey biannually. The survey covers about 40,000 households per round, from all the governorates of the Kingdom, through a stratified cluster sample on two phases, representatives at the levels of the Kingdom, regions, provinces and urban and rural areas.
The second source for the sample frame of graduates was the Household Expenditure and Income Survey of 2010, providing information on the 624 individuals who were contacted as part of this study. DOS conducts the Household Expenditure and Income Survey (HEIS) every two years. The survey covers about 14,000 families from all governorates of the Kingdom. Similar to the sample of the Job Creation survey, the sample of the HEIS is extracted based on a two-stage stratified cluster sampling technique to allow for national, province and urban/rural representation.
The final sample of this graduate tracer study was extracted from the above two survey samples, after the exclusion of districts that had less than 20 eligible individuals to facilitate data collection.
The total sample size actually collected is 1,873 observations. Out of which 1,539 questionnaires were fully completed and eligible for data analysis.
Data is not weighted
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Economic Research Forum
Demographic center in Cairo
One questionnaire form, in both Arabic and English, consisting of 6 Parts was designed to collect the survey data.
Economic Research Forum (ERF)
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Licensed datasets, accessible under conditions.
The users should cite the Economic Research Forum (ERF) as follows:
OAMDI, 2014. Higher Education Graduates Survey (HEGS), http://www.erf.org.eg/cms.php?id=erfdataportal. Version 1.0 of Licensed Data Files; Jordan HEGS 2012. Egypt: Economic Research Forum (ERF).
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