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Vocational Education in Israel: Wage Effects of the VocEd-Occupation Match

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  • Shoshana Neuman
  • Adrian Ziderman

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In an earlier paper based on Israeli census data, the authors showed that vocational school completers achieved higher earnings than their counter-parts who attended academic secondary schools, but only if they worked in occupations related to the vocational course of study pursued. These findings were challenged by Lawrence Hotchkiss; using U.S. follow-up data from the High School and Beyond survey, he argued that the wage advantage of vocational school completers working in related occupations stemmed from employment in a well-paid occupation (a possibility not examined in our earlier estimating model) and was not the result of the training received. In this paper, we replicate the U.S. study using our Israeli data base; the results strongly confirm those from our earlier study. How may the contrasting results for Israel and the United States be explained? We suggest that the U.S. study may be faulted; its focus on young workers in their first job after graduation, may have led to unduly pessimistic results with regard to the labor market outcomes of vocational schooling.

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  • Shoshana Neuman & Adrian Ziderman, 1999. "Vocational Education in Israel: Wage Effects of the VocEd-Occupation Match," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 34(2), pages 407-420.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:34:y:1999:i:2:p:407-420
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    1. Sergio, Urzúa, 2012. "La rentabilidad de la educación superior en Chile: revisión de las bases de 30 años de políticas públicas," Estudios Públicos, Centro de Estudios Públicos, vol. 0(125), pages 2-52.
    2. Neuman, Shoshana & Ziderman, Adrian, 2003. "Can vocational education improve the wages of minorities and disadvantaged groups?: The case of Israel," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 421-432, August.
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    6. Elda Pema, 2010. "Trends in the Albanian Labour Market: Who are Albania’s Unemployed?," Transition Studies Review, Springer;Central Eastern European University Network (CEEUN), vol. 16(4), pages 860-871, February.
    7. Mahmoud K. El-Jafari, 2010. "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Palestinian Vocational Education and Training," Working Papers 571, Economic Research Forum, revised 11 Jan 2010.
    8. Meer, Jonathan, 2007. "Evidence on the returns to secondary vocational education," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 26(5), pages 559-573, October.
    9. Mona Said & Fatma El-Hamidi, 2008. "Taking Technical Education Seriously in MENA: Determinants, Labor Market Implications and Policy Lessons," Working Papers 450, Economic Research Forum, revised 09 Jan 2008.
    10. Alonso, Bucarey & Sergio, Urzúa, 2013. "El retorno económico de la educación media técnico profesional en Chile," Estudios Públicos, Centro de Estudios Públicos, vol. 0(129), pages 1-48.

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