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High and steady or low and rising? Vocational versus general education in life-cycle earnings

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5

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  • Harald Pfeifer

    ()
    (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB))

  • Ben Kriechel

    ()
    (Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA))

  • Frank Cörvers

    ()
    (Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA))

  • Hans Heijke

    ()
    (Maastricht University)

Abstract

In this paper, we compare experience-earnings profiles of employees with vocational and general education background in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, three countries with fundamentally different education systems. Using Mixed-Effects Linear Regression Models we show that earnings of employees with vocational education are higher in the initial phase of their career. However, generally educated catch up over the time on the labor market. Lifecycle differences in earnings are more pronounced in Germany and the United Kingdom than in the Netherlands.

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  • María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Greg (ed.), 2010. "Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación," E-books Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, Asociación de Economía de la Educación, edition 1, volume 5, number 05, July-Dece.
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