Earnings over the life course: general versus vocational education

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Author: Golsteyn, Bart H. H.; Stenberg, Anders


Two common hypotheses regarding the relative benefits of vocational versus general education are (1) that vocational skills enhance relative short-term earnings and (2) that general skills enhance relative long-term earnings. Empirical evidence for these hypotheses has remained limited. Based on Swedish registry data of individuals in short (two-year) upper secondary school programs, this study provides a first exploration of individuals' earnings across nearly complete careers. The descriptive earnings patterns indicate support for both hypotheses (1) and (2). The support holds when...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Research

Keywords: General education; Return on education and training; Comparative analysis; Human capital; Longitudinal study

Geographic subjects: Sweden; Europe

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2017

Physical description: 59 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 10593

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 127.974

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