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Does more general education reduce the risk of future unemployment?: Evidence from an expansion of vocational upper secondary education
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2016 (English)In: Economics of Education Review, ISSN 0272-7757, E-ISSN 1873-7382, Vol. 52, 251-271 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates whether acquiring more general education reduces the risk of future unemployment. I study an educational reform in Sweden which prolonged the vocational programs in upper secondary school and gave them a considerably larger general content. The research design exploits variation across regions and over time in the implementation of a large-scale pilot which preceded the reform. I examine the students' labor market experiences during the 2008-2010 recession, at which time they had reached their late 30 s. I find no evidence that having attended a longer and more general program reduced the risk of experiencing unemployment. Among students with low GPAs from compulsory school, attending a pilot program seems instead to have led to an increased risk of unemployment. This pattern is strongest among male students and the effect is likely to be explained by the increased dropout rate which resulted from the change of the programs.

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2016. Vol. 52, 251-271 p.
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Vocational education, Upper secondary school curriculum, Unemployment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-299734DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.03.005ISI: 000378459600016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-299734DiVA: diva2:949986
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-1045
Available from: 2016-07-26 Created: 2016-07-26 Last updated: 2016-07-26Bibliographically approved

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