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Career Entry and Success After Tertiary Vocational Education

Regula Geel and Uschi Backes-Gellner

No 52, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: Using the Swiss Graduate Survey, we study how the type of tertiary education an individual chooses (i.e., vocational or academic) influences career entry and labor market success after graduation. Our results show that vocational graduates face less risky career entry than academic graduates. Considering endogenous educational choice by using parental education as an instrument, we find higher returns for vocational tertiary education. In the longer term, initial educational type effects disappear, so vocational and academic graduates face the same risk and return. Therefore, career entry for vocational graduates compares favorably to that of academic graduates, while career success for both educational types equalizes over time.

Keywords: Tertiary education; vocational education; career entry; educational screening (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2011-01
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