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Career Entry and Success After Tertiary Vocational Education

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  • Regula Geel

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

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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.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0052.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0052

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Keywords: Tertiary education; vocational education; career entry; educational screening;

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  1. Sveinbjörn Blöndal & Simon Field & Nathalie Girouard, 2002. "Investment in Human Capital Through Post-Compulsory Education and Training: Selected Efficiency and Equity Aspects," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 333, OECD Publishing.
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