ERIC Number: ED066554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Review and Synthesis of Cost-Effectiveness Studies of Vocational and Technical Education.
Stromsdorfer, Ernst W.
The methodology to perform benefit-cost studies exists, but there is much ambiguity concerning the implications of such studies as a result of using faulty methodology. For example, control groups are a necessity, as are adequate sampling procedures and adjustment for non-response bias and self-selection bias, and all studies do not employ this methodology. Another limitation is that currently a benefit-cost study will only show whether or not a program appears to pay. Further judgments must be made on whether to expand or cut back the program, and what to give up or take on. In spite of these and other limitations, benefit-cost analysis interjects a systematic analysis into a previously judgmental area. The cost and methodological limitations of such studies will inhibit their immediate widespread adoption. This study, written for non-economists, surveys the various approaches to improving the analysis of vocational education and related manpower training programs. (CD)
Descriptors: Bias, Community Benefits, Cost Effectiveness, Employment Programs, Labor Force Development, Methods, Program Costs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Reviews (Publications), Sampling, Statistical Analysis, Technical Education, Vocational Education
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.
Identifiers: Manpower Development and Training Act