Back to School? Labor-Market Returns to Vocational Postsecondary Education

37 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015

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Petri Bockerman

Labour Institute for Economic Research; University of Turku - Turku School of Economics

Mika Haapanen

University of Jyväskylä - School of Business and Economics

Christopher Jepsen

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Economics

Abstract

Outside the U.S., little is known about the labor-market returns to vocational (or polytechnic) postsecondary education. This paper focuses on the labor-market returns to polytechnic bachelor's degrees in Finland. Using detailed administrative data, we estimate person fixed effect models to study returns for individuals with labor-force attachment prior to polytechnic school enrollment. We find sizable earnings and employment impacts for polytechnic bachelor's degrees, although the returns vary by personal characteristics and field of study.

Keywords: vocational education, postsecondary education, labor-market returns

JEL Classification: J24, I26

Suggested Citation

Bockerman, Petri and Haapanen, Mika and Jepsen, Christopher, Back to School? Labor-Market Returns to Vocational Postsecondary Education. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9079. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612331

Petri Bockerman (Contact Author)

Labour Institute for Economic Research ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.petribockerman.fi/

University of Turku - Turku School of Economics ( email )

Rehtorinpellonkatu 3
TURKU, FI-20500
Finland

Mika Haapanen

University of Jyväskylä - School of Business and Economics ( email )

University of Jyväskylä
PO Box 35
FIN 40351, FIN-40014
Finland

Christopher Jepsen

University College Dublin (UCD) - School of Economics ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

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