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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. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1999 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 422
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 09:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20227/

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