The Starting Wages of College Graduates from the 211-project Universities
Based on nationwide survey data sets of college graduates conducted in 2013 by the Graduate School of Education of Peking University， this paper has analyzed what influenced the starting wages of college graduates with HLM model and path analysis. The research results are concluded as following. First，both the level-two factors， including 211-project university and school location，and the level-one factors，including reservation wages， work location， and work unit had significant impact on their starting wages. The average starting wage of graduates from 211-project universities was 8. 9% higher than that of graduates from other universities. Second， both the level-two factors，including 211-project university and school location，and the level-one factors， including gender， family income， the expectation wage， and academic achievement had significant impact on their reservation wages. The average reservation wage of graduates from 211-project universities was 22. 9% higher than that of graduates from other universities. Third，the 211-project university had not only direct impact on their starting wages but also indirect impact through affecting their reservation wages.