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Performance in Post-compulsory Education: Evidence from Vocational and Academic Tracks

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  • Cristina Lopez-Mayan

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    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

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This paper investigates the factors in_uencing grade performance in two different high school tracks (academic and vocational), including the effect of the amount of work achieved while studying. The empirical strategy analyzes grade progression through the outcomes, passing, repeating and dropping out, conditioning on previous outcomes, and dealing with the endogeneity introduced by the working variable. The analysis is based on a unique Spanish data with information on schooling and labor histories. Findings show that working reduces performance in both tracks, mainly during the first year, although the ffects are less detri- mental in the vocational path. Additionally, good performance in compulsory education, at- tending a private high school, or having high-educated parents improve outcomes, particularly in academic high school.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona in its series Working Papers with number wpdea1302.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2013
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Handle: RePEc:uab:wprdea:wpdea1302

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Keywords: Dropout; high school performance; grade progression; youth employment; control function.;

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