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The Re-engagement in Education of Early School Leavers

David Black, Cain Polidano () and Yi-Ping Tseng
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David Black: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: By OECD standards, the share of the Australian labour force with at least a secondary school qualification is low. One way to rectify this shortfall is to improve rates of re-engagement in education among early school leavers. This paper examines the patterns of re-engagement among early school leavers in the HILDA sample. A key finding is that the early years after leaving school are crucially important, with rates of re-engagement dropping dramatically in the first three years out from school. For those who enter the labour market after school, results suggest that finding work, especially satisfying work, is an important driver for returning to study.

Keywords: Early school leavers; vocational education and training; re-engaging in education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 I21 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-06
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