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Vocational vs. General Education and Employment over the Life-Cycle: New Evidence from PIAAC

Franziska Hampf () and Ludger Woessmann ()
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Franziska Hampf: Ifo Institute for Economic Research

No 10298, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: It has been argued that vocational education facilitates the school-to-work transition but reduces later adaptability to changing environments. Using the recent international PIAAC data, we confirm such a trade-off over the life-cycle in a difference-in-differences model that compares employment rates across education type and age. An initial employment advantage of individuals with vocational compared to general education turns into a disadvantage later in life. Results are strongest in apprenticeship countries that provide the highest intensity of industry-based vocational education.

Keywords: vocational education; apprenticeship; employment; life-cycle; PIAAC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J64 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16 pages
Date: 2016-10
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Published in: CESifo Economic Studies, 2017, 63 (3), 255-269

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