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Earnings over the Life Course: General versus Vocational Education
Maastricht Univ, Netherlands ; IZA Inst Labor Econ, Germany ; Stockholm University.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. IZA Inst Labor Econ, Germany ; Stockholm University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Human Capital, ISSN 1932-8575, E-ISSN 1932-8664, Vol. 11, no 2, 167-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two common hypotheses regarding the relative benefits of vocational versus general education are (1) that vocational skills enhance relative short-term earnings and (2) that general skills enhance relative long-term earnings. Empirical evidence for these hypotheses has remained limited. Based on Swedish registry data of individuals in short (2-year) upper secondary school programs, this study provides a first exploration of individuals' earnings across nearly complete careers. The descriptive earnings patterns indicate support for both hypotheses 1 and 2. The support holds when grade point average and family fixed effects are controlled for and also when enrollment in further education and fertility decisions are taken into account.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 2, 167-212 p.
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Economics and Business
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Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-66976DOI: 10.1086/691798ISI: 000401624700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-66976DiVA: diva2:1127883
Available from: 2017-07-20 Created: 2017-07-20 Last updated: 2017-07-20Bibliographically approved

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