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The economic case for reforming A Levels

Dolton, Peter and Vignoles, Anna (1999) The economic case for reforming A Levels. CEPDP (422). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK.

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Critics claim that A level students often lack essential skills required for the world of work. In response, the government is proposing to reform the A level system. In future, students may take up to five subjects in their first year of sixth form, and a ''key skills'' course in IT, communication and the ''application of number''. This paper assesses whether employers pay a wage premium for some A level subjects, confirming a possible shortfall of these ''key skills''. We find individuals with a mathematics A level earn 7-10% more than otherwise similarly educated workers without this qualification.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1999 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 09:44
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:22

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