The payoff to vocational qualifications: reconciling estimates from survey and administrative data

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This paper takes as a starting point the wage/earnings differentials associated with vocational qualifications that have been estimated in the literature. Two distinct parts of that literature are identified, using survey and administrative data respectively. We describe the results of example papers of each type, and show how they have produced different estimates of the differentials, particularly for lower level qualifications. We then discuss the various differences in equation specification that have typically been estimated by users of the two types of data. We replicate existing...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Finance; Qualifications; Vocational education and training; Statistics

Keywords: Return on education and training; Wage differential; Data analysis; Data collecting; Comparative analysis

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Centre for Vocational Educational Research, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2017

Physical description: 48 p.

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ISSN: 2398-7553

Resource type: Discussion paper

Call number: TD/TNC 130.545

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