Brotherhood of St Laurence

General education, vocational education, and labor-market outcomes over the life-cycle /

By: Hanushek, Eric | CESifo Group
Contributor(s): Woessmann, Ludger | Zhang, Lei
Series: CESifo working paperPublisher: Munich, Germany CESifo Group 2011Description: PDFOther title: CESifo working paper ; no. 3614Subject(s): Vocational Education | Education, Secondary | Skill Development | Labour Market | Career Development | Youth Education - Cross-cultural Studies | Youth Employment - Cross-cultural Studies | Technological Change | Wages | Apprenticeships | School Work Transition | Education And TrainingOnline Resources: Electronic copy
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October 2011 Bibliography pp. 29-30 SCHOOL TO WORK

Policy debates about the balance of vocational and general education programs focus on the school-to-work transition. But with rapid technological change, gains in youth employment from vocational education may be offset by less adaptability and thus diminished employment later in life. To test our main hypothesis that any relative labor-market advantage of vocational education decreases with age, we employ a difference-in-differences approach that compares employment rates across different ages for people with general and vocational education. Using micro data for 18 countries from the International Adult Literacy Survey, we find strong support for the existence of such a trade-off, which is most pronounced in countries emphasizing apprenticeship programs. Results are robust to accounting for ability patterns and to propensity-score matching.

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