Safe Mobility: University after Technical College Pathway

24 Pages Posted: 17 May 2015

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Daniel Alexandrov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ksenia Tenisheva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Svetlana Savelyeva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

This paper presents the professional college system as a social mobility channel providing maximum benefit with minimum risk. The analysis of institutional features and changes forming this channel in Russia in the last 15 years has been conducted. An institutional context for the emergence of a social group using “university after the college” pathway is described. Group members take an intermediate position between students reproducing a professional worker status and students reproducing a highly qualified professional status. They also have average school results. An analysis of parents’ and students’ perceptions of the motives of the choice, benefits, costs, and risks of the educational pathway demonstrates the importance of local context. An alternative educational pathway is less typical for the rural population because of structural constraints; compared to metropolises, in rural areas this choice is typical for higher status groups. A comparison of technical college systems in different countries confirmed that technical colleges in Germany provide social reproduction whereas in Russia and the USA, they operate as a channel of upward social mobility.

Keywords: persistent inequality, vocational education, institutional context, mobility, relative risk aversion.

JEL Classification: I21, D81

Suggested Citation

Alexandrov, Daniel and Tenisheva, Ksenia and Savelyeva, Svetlana, Safe Mobility: University after Technical College Pathway (May 15, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 27/EDU/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2606644

Daniel Alexandrov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Ksenia Tenisheva

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Svetlana Savelyeva (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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