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High and steady or low and rising? Vocational versus general education in life-cycle earnings

Harald Pfeifer (), Ben Kriechel (), Frank Cörvers () and Hans Heijke ()

Chapter 47 in Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, 2010, vol. 5, pp 931-948 from Asociación de Economía de la Educación

Abstract: In this paper, we compare experience-earnings profiles of employees with vocational and general education background in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, three countries with fundamentally different education systems. Using Mixed-Effects Linear Regression Models we show that earnings of employees with vocational education are higher in the initial phase of their career. However, generally educated catch up over the time on the labor market. Lifecycle differences in earnings are more pronounced in Germany and the United Kingdom than in the Netherlands.

Keywords: Education Systems; Human Capital; Earnings Profiles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-694-0889-6
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