ERIC Number: EJ1124688
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
How Do Tertiary Dropouts Fare in the Labour Market? A Comparison between EU Countries
Schnepf, Sylke V.
Higher Education Quarterly, v71 n1 p75-96 Jan 2017
Dropping out of university is regularly discussed as a negative indicator. However, research on actual career trajectories of dropouts is virtually non-existent. This study estimates the association between tertiary dropouts and career chances in 15 European countries. Using data from the 2011 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), estimates are derived from the application of propensity score matching taking a variety of individual background characteristics including cognitive skills into account. Results indicate that individuals are likely to fare better in the labour market if they enrol in university and drop out than if they do not enrol at all. Policy makers need to revise the notion that dropping out is purely negative.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dropouts, Labor Market, Comparative Analysis, Employment, Individual Characteristics, Computation, International Assessment, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: European Union
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