The Effect of Graduate Education on the Job Performance of Civilian Department of Defense Employees
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this thesis is to investigate the effects of graduate education on the job performance of Department of Defense DoD civilian employees. The data used in this thesis were drawn from the Department of Defense Civilian Personnel Data File, which was provided by the Defense Manpower Data Center. The raw data were restricted to employees who possess at least a Bachelors degree and are paid under General Schedule GS or General Management GM pay systems. Four performance measures were developed to investigate the effect of graduate education on job performance salary level, promotion, retention, and performance rating. Four multivariate models were constructed for these performance measures. Ordinary least square OLS techniques were used to estimate the salary model. Logistic regression was used to estimate the promotion, retention, and performance rating models. The results found that the effect of having a Masters degree was positive in the salary, promotion, and performance ratings models. The effect of a Masters was negative in the retention model. All these findings were consistent with basic human capital investment theory. The thesis recommends that future research develop alternative job performance indicators and focus on specific occupations and functional areas.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations