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Title:Labour market effects of the polytechnic education reform: the Finnish experience PDF Logo
Authors:Böckerman, Petri
Hämäläinen, Ulla
Uusitalo, Roope
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4013
Abstract:This paper evaluates the labour market effects of the introduction of the polytechnic education system in Finland. The polytechnic reform gradually transformed former vocational colleges into polytechnics. Since the timing of the reform differed across schools, we can compare the performance of polytechnic graduates to the performance of vocational college graduates controlling for both the year and the school effects. The results are somewhat sensitive to how the selectivity issues are treated but generally suggest that both the earnings and the employment levels of post-reform graduates are higher in the field of business and administration. The effects are much smaller and usually insignificant in other fields.
Subjects:Vocational education
polytechnic education
school reform
return to education
JEL:I21
I23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090304706
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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