What Happened to the Pisa 2000 Participants Five Years Later?

31 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Kathrin Bertschy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alejandra Cattaneo

University of Zurich

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF)

Abstract

The transition from school-to-work has been a burning issue in most countries for the last decades. So far research on this topic has not been conclusive, and it is still not clear whether transition problems are just individual, linked to the type of education followed at upper-secondary level, or just a prolongation of problems arising from poor school performance during compulsory education. This paper uses a unique Swiss longitudinal data-set, which includes information on PISA 2000 scores and the pathways chosen after completing compulsory school. Descriptive results show that students in vocational training, who obtained lower PISA results, are significantly more likely to be in an inadequate employment situation two years after finishing vocational training. Further analysis shows, however, that it is the type of vocational training followed at upper-secondary level that is decisive for the success in the transition. Nevertheless, individual PISA scores have an indirect impact on the transition results, as they are an important factor explaining which pupils are more likely to get into an intellectually demanding vocational training and which ones are not.

Keywords: vocational training, transition, PISA

JEL Classification: I2, J24

Suggested Citation

Bertschy, Kathrin and Cattaneo, Alejandra and Wolter, Stefan C., What Happened to the Pisa 2000 Participants Five Years Later?. IZA Working Paper No. 3323, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1135899

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Stefan C. Wolter

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