Career Entry and Success after Tertiary Vocational Education

Swiss Leading House Working Paper No. 52

30 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2011

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Regula Geel

University of Zurich - Institute for Strategy and Business Economics; Swiss Leading House

Uschi Backes-Gellner

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration; Swiss Leading House

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Using the Swiss Graduate Survey, we study how the type of tertiary education an individual chooses (i.e., vocational or academic) influences career entry and labor market success after graduation. Our results show that vocational graduates face less risky career entry than academic graduates. Considering endogenous educational choice by using parental education as an instrument, we find higher returns for vocational tertiary education. In the longer term, initial educational type effects disappear, so vocational and academic graduates face the same risk and return. Therefore, career entry for vocational graduates compares favorably to that of academic graduates, while career success for both educational types equalizes over time.

Keywords: Tertiary education, vocational education, career entry, educational screening

JEL Classification: I21, I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Geel, Regula and Backes-Gellner, Uschi, Career Entry and Success after Tertiary Vocational Education (January 1, 2011). Swiss Leading House Working Paper No. 52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1808420

Regula Geel

University of Zurich - Institute for Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

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Uschi Backes-Gellner (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Institute for Business Administration ( email )

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Switzerland
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