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The impact of vocational qualifications on the labour market outcomes of low-achieving school-leavers

McIntosh, Steven (2004) The impact of vocational qualifications on the labour market outcomes of low-achieving school-leavers. CEPDP (621). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753017237

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This paper creates a pseudo cohort of individuals who left school in the mid-1990s, using Labour Force Survey. The extent of low achievement at school amongst this group is documented, and then the impact of such low achievement on labour force status is estimated. The main focus of the paper is then to investigate to what extent unqualified school leavers can improve their labour market status through the acquisition of vocational qualifications, and how many follow this option. The results show that vocational qualifications at all levels can improve the employment chances of unqualified school leavers, even once we use panel data to control for unobserved individual heterogeneity and to ensure that the qualification is acquired before employment is attained. There are also small effects on occupational mobility, but little impact on wages. However, few unqualified school leavers seem to be following this vocational route to qualification achievement.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Steven McIntosh
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2008 12:47
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 11:52

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