What happened to the PISA 2000 participants five years later?

Bertschy, Kathrin; Cattaneo, M. Alejandra; Wolter, Stefan C. (2008). What happened to the PISA 2000 participants five years later? (IZA Discussion Paper Series 3323). Bonn: Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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The transition from school-to-work has been a burning issue in most countries for the last decades. So far research on this topic has not been conclusive, and it is still not clear whether transition problems are just individual, linked to the type of education followed at uppersecondary level or just a prolongation of problems arising from poor school performance during compulsory education. This paper uses a unique Swiss longitudinal data-set, which includes information on PISA 2000 scores and the pathways chosen after completing compulsory school. Descriptive results show that students in vocational training, who obtained lower PISA results, are signicantly more likely to be in an inadequate employment situation two years after nishing vocational training. Further analysis shows, however, that it is the type of vocational training followed at upper-secondary level that is decisive for the success in the transition. Nevertheless, individual PISA scores have an indirect impact on the transition results, as they are an important factor explaining which pupils are more likely to get into an intellectually demanding vocational training and which ones are not.

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Working Paper


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology




IZA Discussion Paper Series


Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)


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Thomas Meyer

Date Deposited:

28 Oct 2019 09:35

Last Modified:

29 Oct 2019 10:51

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

PISA, transition, vocational training

JEL Classification:

I2, J24





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