The Tertiary Education Minister's assuring us that studying a degree after secondary school does lead to a more financially rewarding career than those without degrees might get.
It follows the release of an OECD report into the state of global education.
Conclusions drawn from the report, published in a Sunday newspaper, suggested tertiary study in New Zealand had little effect on our earning power, when compared with other developed nations.
But Steven Joyce says that's not the case.
"The reality is, and according to the OECD, if you get a university degree in New Zealand or a higher level degree then they see a premium of around 50 percent over those who don't have degrees."
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