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High and steady or low and rising? : life cycle earnings patterns in vocational and general education

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  • Cörvers, F.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • Heijke, J.A.M.

    (General Economics 2 (Macro))

  • Kriechel, B.

    (Research Centre for Educ and Labour Mark)

  • Pfeifer, H.

    (External organisation)

Abstract

In this paper, we compare experience-earnings profiles of employees with vocational andgeneral education background in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,three countries with fundamentally different education systems. Using Mixed-EffectsLinear Regression Models we show that earnings of vocationally educated employeesare higher in the initial phase of their career. However, those with a general educationbackground catch up over time in the labor market. Life-cycle differences in earnings aremore pronounced in Germany than in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
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  • Cörvers, F. & Heijke, J.A.M. & Kriechel, B. & Pfeifer, H., 2011. "High and steady or low and rising? : life cycle earnings patterns in vocational and general education," Research Memorandum 042, Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR).
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    1. Eric A. Hanushek & Guido Schwerdt & Ludger Woessmann & Lei Zhang, 2017. "General Education, Vocational Education, and Labor-Market Outcomes over the Lifecycle," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 52(1), pages 48-87.
    2. Franziska Hampf & Ludger Woessmann, 2017. "Vocational vs. General Education and Employment over the Life Cycle: New Evidence from PIAAC," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 63(3), pages 255-269.
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    4. Sofia Oliveira, 2015. "Returns to Vocational Education in Portugal," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 10,in: Marta Rahona López & Jennifer Graves (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 10, edition 1, volume 10, chapter 37, pages 725-750 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.

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