Career Changers in Teaching Jobs: A Case Study Based on the Swiss Vocational Education System

25 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2011

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Stefani Hof

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mirjam Strupler

University of Bern

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This study investigates the determinants and motives of professionals who change career to vocational teaching. The framework for this study is the Swiss vocational education system, which requires that teachers of vocational subjects must have a prior career in that specific field. Thus, to work in teaching, every vocational teacher has to change his or her initial career. This paper focuses on the relevance of monetary motives for changing a career to teaching. Using a unique data set of trainee teachers, we show that professionals who change their careers to teaching earned on average more in their first career than comparable workers in the same occupation. Our findings additionally demonstrate that the average career changer still expects to earn significantly more as a teacher than in the former career. However, the study shows substantial heterogeneity and a zero wage elasticity of the teacher supply, suggesting that non-monetary motives are more relevant for career change than monetary factors.

Keywords: career change, occupational change, rate of return to education, wage differentials, teacher wages, vocational education and training

JEL Classification: C21, I20, J24, J45, J62

Suggested Citation

Hof, Stefani and Strupler, Mirjam and Wolter, Stefan C., Career Changers in Teaching Jobs: A Case Study Based on the Swiss Vocational Education System. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5806. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1877619

Stefani Hof

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Mirjam Strupler

University of Bern ( email )

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) ( email )

CH - 5000 Aarau
Switzerland
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+41 62 835 23 99 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.skbf-csre.ch

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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Bern, CH-3012
Switzerland
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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