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Additional Career Assistance and Educational Outcomes for Students in Lower Track Secondary Schools

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  • Fitzenberger, Bernd

    () (Humboldt University Berlin)

  • Licklederer, Stefanie

    () (University of Freiburg)

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Based on local policy variation, this paper estimates the causal effect of additional career assistance on educational outcomes for students in Lower Track Secondary Schools in Germany. We find mostly insignificant effects of the treatment on average outcomes, which mask quite heterogeneous effects. For those students, who are taking extra coursework to continue education, the grade point average is unaffected and the likelihood of completing a Middle Track Secondary School degree falls. In contrast, educational outcomes improve for students who do not take extra coursework. Hence, the treatment causes a reversal of educational plans after graduation.

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  • Fitzenberger, Bernd & Licklederer, Stefanie, 2017. "Additional Career Assistance and Educational Outcomes for Students in Lower Track Secondary Schools," IZA Discussion Papers 10883, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    lower track secondary schools; career guidance; educational upgrading;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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