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Returning To General And Vocational High-Schools In Indonesia

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  • KARINA MAHIRDA

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. Sosio Humaniora No. 1, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55281)

  • HENI WAHYUNI

    () (Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. Sosio Humanora No. 1, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55281)

Abstract

Promoting vocational secondary education can be an appealing option for developing countries in order to improve labour market outcomes. The main reason for the promotion of vocational education is the increase of the labour force. The debate regarding the benefit resulted from vocational education, as opposed to general education is far from conclusive. This paper analyses the return to schooling of vocational and general highschools in Indonesia using Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS). The study finds no difference in the returns to schooling between vocational and general high-schools in Indonesia. The findings may imply that the government should focus on promoting general education, especially in the developing countries such as Indonesia, easing the access to higher education, as well as improving the curriculum in vocational education.

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  • Karina Mahirda & Heni Wahyuni, 2016. "Returning To General And Vocational High-Schools In Indonesia," Review of Economic and Business Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, issue 18, pages 9-28, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:aic:revebs:y:2016:j:18:mahirdak
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    Keywords

    earning; Indonesia; vocational school; general school;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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