Income during the early career: Do institutional characteristics of training occupations matter?

Grønning, Miriam; Kriesi, Irene; Sacchi, Stefan (2020). Income during the early career: Do institutional characteristics of training occupations matter? Research in social stratification and mobility, 67, p. 100495. Elsevier 10.1016/j.rssm.2020.100495

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This paper addresses the mechanisms leading to income differences during the early career, both between individuals and between occupations. It compares the level of standardization, vocational specificity, and vertical differentiation of vocational education and training (VET) programmes and examines how these differences affect VET diploma holders’ incomes in their early careers. We go beyond previous research by developing refined theoretical concepts of vocational specificity, standardization, and differentiation and by measuring them with novel curriculum-based data. Theoretically, the paper assumes that training programmes’ institutional characteristics determine income by influencing diploma holders’ productivity as well as the signalling power of the degree. We test our hypotheses by combining institutional data from VET curricula with individual-level data from the Swiss Labour Force Survey and by applying multilevel regression analyses. The results show that the institutional dimensions, in particular vocational specificity, are multifaceted and consist of several subdimensions, which impact young workers’ incomes to different degrees at various time points during their early careers.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Sacchi, Stefan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0276-5624

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Sacchi

Date Deposited:

19 May 2020 16:01

Last Modified:

24 May 2020 02:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.rssm.2020.100495

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Institutional characteristics income standardization specificity vertical differentiation labour market entry Vocational education and training multilevel regressions

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.143392

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/143392

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