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Mentoring Disadavantaged Youths during School-to-work Transition: Evidence from Germany

Bernhard Boockmann () and Sebastían Nielen
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No 123, IAW Discussion Papers from Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW)

Abstract: In the German school and vocational education systems, there is a wide range of support measures during school-to-work transition. We analyze a novel program providing mentoring to low-achieving school leavers. The program bridges different stages and different institutional systems in secondary and post-secondary education. Using high-quality survey and administrative data and propensity score matching, we find some positive effects on the probability of transiting into the dual vocational education system in the intermediate run. Higher program intensity leads to larger treatment effects. Contrary to the goals of the program, however, there is only weak evidence that it accelerates transitions into vocational training immediately after the first school-leaving certificate.

Keywords: school-to-work transition; mentoring; school drop-out; vocational training (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 I21 I28 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-03
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