ERIC Number: EJ1170843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Inequalities in School Leavers' Labour Market Outcomes: Do School Subject Choices Matter?
Iannelli, Cristina; Duta, Adriana
Oxford Review of Education, v44 n1 p56-74 2018
Despite a wide international literature on the effect of vocational and general education on school-to-work transition, relatively little is known about the role of having studied specific subjects in explaining inequalities in young people's labour market outcomes. This paper aims to fill this gap by examining differences in employment chances of young people who left education early, either at the end of compulsory schooling or at the end of secondary school. Using data from the Scottish Longitudinal Study, a large-scale linkage study created using data from administrative and statistical sources, we found little gender differences but strong parental background differences in school leavers' employment status and type of occupation entered. Social inequalities in labour market outcomes were only partly explained by curriculum choices. Moreover, after controlling for social origin and grades, only history and business for lower-secondary leavers and maths for upper-secondary leavers were associated with a reduction in the chances of being unemployed/inactive.
Descriptors: Labor Market, Majors (Students), Employment Potential, Longitudinal Studies, Gender Differences, School Statistics, Student Records, Employment Level, Parent Background, Dropout Characteristics, Secondary School Students, Educational Attainment, Grades (Scholastic), Social Class, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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