Do adult foreign residents prefer academic to vocational education? Evidence from a survey of public opinion in Switzerland

Abrassart, Aurélien; Busemeyer, Marius R.; Cattaneo, Maria A.; Wolter, Stefan (2018). Do adult foreign residents prefer academic to vocational education? Evidence from a survey of public opinion in Switzerland. Journal of ethnic and migration studies : JEMS, pp. 1-21. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1517595

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Using a unique and original dataset measuring preferences of adults for academic vs. vocational education in Switzerland, we explore differences between Swiss citizens and foreign residents regarding individual preferences for these different types of education. We find that first-generation foreigners exhibit stronger preferences for academic education, whereas the preferences of second-generation foreigners do not significantly differ from those of Swiss citizens. Further, variation across subgroups of foreigners based on their nationality indicates that cultural aspects matter to a certain extent as less well-integrated ethnic groups express stronger preferences for academic education and are also less likely to value the labour market outcomes of vocational education. Interestingly, the presence of a well-established VET system in the country of origin does not appear to strengthen preferences for vocational education in Switzerland. This might be related to less positive labour market outcomes for VET graduates’ countries of origin.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Abrassart, Aurélien and Wolter, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1469-9451

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

21 May 2019 08:40

Last Modified:

12 Nov 2019 15:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1369183X.2018.1517595

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127483

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127483

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