Professional baccalaureate as a measure reducing inequality?

Falter, Jean-Marc; Wendelspiess Chávez Juárez, Florian (2016). Professional baccalaureate as a measure reducing inequality? In: Scharenberg, Katja; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Meyer, Thomas; Bergman, Manfred Max (eds.) Transitionen im Jugend- und jungen Erwachsenenalter = Transitions des adolescents et des jeunes adultes en Suisse = Transitions in youth and young adulthood study, Vol. 2 (pp. 183-207). Zurich: Seismo

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Education is a major source of inequality of opportunity because it has long-lasting effects in various areas such as the labour market. By consequence, public policies aiming at reducing inequality of opportunity in education are likely to have broader effects on the dynamics of inequality in general. In Switzerland, a new upper secondary degree was introduced to increase the access to tertiary education for students in he vocational track. We analyse the role of this degree as an inequality of opportunity reducing tool. A two-part model is used to identify inequality reducing effects. Our results show that the new degree does not reduce inequalities of opportunity and in some cases even reinforces the association between good socio-economic background and educational achievements.

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Thomas Meyer

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