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Der soziale Status der Berufsbildung in der Schweiz

Ladina Rageth (), Ursula Renold () and Thomas Bolli ()
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Ladina Rageth: KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, http://www.kof.ethz.ch
Ursula Renold: KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, http://www.kof.ethz.ch
Thomas Bolli: KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, http://www.kof.ethz.ch

KOF Analysen, 2018, vol. 12, issue 3, 93-101

Abstract: Swiss newspapers frequently report on the decreasing social status of vocational education and training (VET) due to rising academization and globalization. This study thus investigates the social status of VET relative to the baccalaureate in Switzerland. We apply a new measurement that analyses the difference in the average cognitive abilities of prospective VET students and baccalaureate students. We argue that an increase in the relative ability of prospective VET students indicates an increase in the social status of VET. The analyses show that the social status of VET relative to the baccalaureate has remained constant between 2000 and 2012, despite the public discussion. Moreover, the social status of VET does not depend on the parents’ education. However, it is higher for students with parents born in Switzerland compared to those with foreign-born parents, in rural areas and in the French and Italian parts of Switzerland.

Keywords: Social Status; Education Programs; Vocational Education and Training; Educational Choices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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