Labour Market Effects of the Polytechnic Education Reform: The Finnish Experience
Labour Institute for Economic Research
Social Insurance Institution of Finland
Uppsala University - Department of Economics; IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Government of the Republic of Finland - Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4013
This paper evaluates the labour market effects of the introduction of the polytechnic education system in Finland. The polytechnic reform gradually transformed former vocational colleges into polytechnics. Since the timing of the reform differed across schools, we can compare the performance of polytechnic graduates to the performance of vocational college graduates controlling for both the year and the school effects. The results are somewhat sensitive to how the selectivity issues are treated but generally suggest that both the earnings and the employment levels of post-reform graduates are higher in the field of business and administration. The effects are much smaller and usually insignificant in other fields.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: I21, I23
JEL Classification: vocational, education, polytechnic, education, schworking papers series
Date posted: March 2, 2009
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