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Vocational secondary schooling in Israel : a study of labor market outcomes, Volume 1
Author:Ziderman, Adrian; Country:Israel;
Date Stored:1989/01/01Document Date:1989/01/31
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Primary Education; Teaching and Learning; Education Reform and Management; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Gender and Education
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:WPS142
Sub Sectors:Secondary EducationCollection Title:Policy, Planning and Research Department working papers ; no. WPS 142
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper examines the efficacy of vocational school education in relation to that of the academic secondary school; the focus is on non-postsecondary school attenders. Given the relatively small fraction of youth that attend, and complete, tertiary education in developing countries, the secondary school completer population that does not continue into tertiary education plays an important role in economic development. Using data from the 1930 population census, the study shows vocational schooling to be more cost-effective than general academic education. These results are at odds with the predominantly held view that vocational schooling is a socially inefficient form of education. Too often however, the previous studies have concentrated on earnings, without taking into account such intervening variables as type of occupation and its relevance to vocational studies pursued. In this case study we are shown that such considerations are central to a proper understanding of the labor market outcomes of vocational schooling.

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