The Relationship between Formal Education and Skill Acquisition in Young Workers' First Jobs

22 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2013

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Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel)

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

We analyse whether formal education and on‐the‐job skill acquisition are substitutes or complements for a sample of Flemish school‐leavers. Skill acquisition is measured directly through subjective assessments. We find that higher educated workers are more likely to acquire additional skills. While this is primarily explained by between‐occupation effects, also within‐occupation effects are revealed. Undereducated workers have lower overall skill acquisition probabilities than adequately educated workers in similar occupations; overeducated workers with a vocational degree acquire fewer transferable or general skills than their adequately educated colleagues. Overeducated workers also acquire fewer additional skills than adequately educated workers with similar educational backgrounds.

Suggested Citation

Verhaest, Dieter and Omey, Eddy, The Relationship between Formal Education and Skill Acquisition in Young Workers' First Jobs (July 2013). The Manchester School, Vol. 81, Issue 4, pp. 638-659, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2282330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2012.02305.x

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Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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