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What happened to the PISA 2000 participants five years later?

Kathrin Bertschy, Alejandra Cattaneo and Stefan Wolter
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Kathrin Bertschy: University of Berne
Alejandra Cattaneo: Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich

No 13, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: The transition from school-to-work has been a burning issue in most countries for the last decades. So far research on this topic has not been conclusive, and it is still not clear whether transition problems are just individual, linked to the type of education followed at upper-secondary level, or just a prolongation of problems arising from poor school performance during compulsory education. This paper uses a unique Swiss longitudinal data-set, which includes information on PISA 2000 scores and the pathways chosen after completing compulsory school. Descriptive results show that students in vocational training, who obtained lower PISA results, are significantly more likely to be in an inadequate employment situation two years after finishing vocational training. Further analysis shows, however, that it is the type of vocational training followed at upper-secondary level that is decisive for the success in the transition. Nevertheless, individual PISA scores have an indirect impact on the transition results, as they are an important factor explaining which pupils are more likely to get into an intellectually demanding vocational training and which ones are not.

Keywords: PISA; Transition; Vocational training (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I2 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2008-02
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