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The Labor Market Effects of Academic and Vocational Education over the Life Cycle: Evidence Based on a British Cohort

Giorgio Brunello () and Lorenzo Rocco ()

Journal of Human Capital, 2017, vol. 11, issue 1, 106 - 166

Abstract: Several commentators have argued that the short-term advantage of vocational versus academic education, which is a smoother school-to-work transition, trades off with long-term disadvantages, which are lower employment and/or lower wages. Using data based on the careers of individuals born in the United Kingdom in 1958, we find evidence of a trade-off, but only for real wages and only for the group with lower vocational education. These results are confirmed when the careers of individuals born in 1970 are examined. The presence of a trade-off does not imply, however, that individuals with vocational education have lower long-term utility.

Date: 2017
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