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If You Get What You Want, Do You Get What You Need? Course Choice and Achievement Effects of a Vocational Education and Training Voucher Scheme

Duncan McVicar () and Cain Polidano ()

No 15-01, Economics Working Papers from Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast

Abstract: Centrally planned funding models of vocational education and training (VET) are often blamed for low quality training in areas unrelated to skill needs. In this study, we exploit a natural experiment and population data to estimate the effects from introducing a broad-based voucher in VET in Australia. We show the voucher is associated with large increases in private college enrolments, improved match between course choice and employer demand, and higher student achievement, including in incumbent public colleges. Unlike studies in the school voucher literature, we find widespread benefits with no adverse impact on equity.

Keywords: Vocational education and training (VET); Vouchers; Student achievement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H44 H75 I21 I22 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-01
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