The Re-Engagement in Education of Early School Leavers

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2011

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David Black

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Cain Polidano

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

By OECD standards, the share of the Australian labour force with at least a secondary school qualification is low. One way to rectify this shortfall is to improve rates of re-engagement in education among early school leavers. This paper examines the patterns of re-engagement among early school leavers in the HILDA sample. A key finding is that the early years after leaving school are crucially important, with rates of re-engagement dropping dramatically in the first three years out from school. For those who enter the labour market after school, results suggest that finding work, especially satisfying work, is an important driver for returning to study.

Keywords: Early school leavers, vocational education and training, re-engaging in education

JEL Classification: J01, I21, I24

Suggested Citation

Black, David and Polidano, Cain and Tseng, Yi-Ping, The Re-Engagement in Education of Early School Leavers (June 2011). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 13/11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860487 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1860487

David Black (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Cain Polidano

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

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