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Vocational secondary schooling in Israel : a study of labor market outcomes, Volume 1
 
Author:Ziderman, Adrian; Collection Title:Policy, Planning and Research Department working papers ; no. WPS 142
Country:Israel; Date Stored:1989/01/01
Document Date:1989/01/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Primary Education; Teaching and Learning; Education Reform and Management; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Gender and EducationLanguage:English
Major Sector:EducationRegion:Middle East and North Africa
Report Number:WPS142Sub Sectors:Secondary Education
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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