A comparison of earnings related to higher level vocational/technical and academic education

Héctor Espinoza Bustos, Stefan Speckesser

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Abstract

Using rich administrative data for a full cohort of English secondary school leavers (2002/03 academic year), we compare earnings of people with higher vocational/technical qualifications to the earnings of degree holders at the age of 30, while controlling for prior attainment and background characteristics.

We find that by the age of 30 the early earnings differential associated with high-level vocational/technical education tends to disappear and degree holders earn more on average. However, there is strong heterogeneity by gender and subject area. There are especially high returns related to higher vocational/technical education in STEM subjects, which remain significantly above those of many degree holders several years after graduation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLondon School of Economics
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameCentre for Vocational Educational Research Discussion Paper series
PublisherLondon School of Economics and Political Science
No.CVERDP019
ISSN (Print)2398-7553

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    Espinoza Bustos, H., & Speckesser, S. (2019). A comparison of earnings related to higher level vocational/technical and academic education. (Centre for Vocational Educational Research Discussion Paper series; No. CVERDP019). London School of Economics. http://cver.lse.ac.uk/textonly/cver/pubs/cverdp019.pdf