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Can vocational education improve schooling and labour outcomes?: evidence from a large expansion

We evaluate the education and labour impact of vocational education and training (VET). Identification draws on different [instrumental variables] IVs from the large-scale, staggered introduction of VET courses in public schools in Portugal from 2005. We also exploit the large gender differences in VET, with many courses selected almost only by either boys or girls. Drawing on rich student-school matched panel data, we find that VET increased upper-secondary graduation rates dramatically: our [local average treatment effect] LATE estimates typically exceed 50 percentage points. These effects a... Show more

Authors: Ferreira, Joao R.; Martins, Pedro

Published: Bonn, Germany, IZA, 2023

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 74 p.

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