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Does vocational training help young people find a (good) job?

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  • Werner Eichhorst

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Youth unemployment has increased in many industrialized countries following the recent global recession. However, this reflects not only the cyclical shock, but also the crucial role of institutions in structuring the transition from school to work. Vocational training, in particular in a dual form combining vocational schooling and structured learning on-the-job, is often considered to be one of the most important policy solutions in combating youth unemployment. The evidence available supports this perception, but the institutional requirements of a successful training system also have to be taken into account from a policy perspective.

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  • Werner Eichhorst, 2015. "Does vocational training help young people find a (good) job?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 112-112, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2014:n:112
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    1. World Bank, 2016. "Republic of the Philippines Labor Market Review," World Bank Other Operational Studies 24768, The World Bank.
    2. Werner Eichhorst & Ulf Rinne, 2018. "Digital Challenges for the Welfare State," CESifo Forum, Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 0, pages 03-08, January.
    3. Eichhorst, Werner & Rinne, Ulf, 2016. "Promoting Youth Employment in Europe: Evidence-based Policy Lessons," IZA Policy Papers 119, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    youth unemployment; vocational education and training; dual vocational training; apprenticeships;

    JEL classification:

    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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