PISA and the Transition into the Labour Market

Bertschy, Kathrin; Cattaneo, Alejandra M.; Wolter, Stefan C. (2011). PISA and the Transition into the Labour Market. In: Bergman, Manfred Max; Hupka-Brunner, Sandra; Keller, Anita; Meyer, Thomas; Stalder, Barbara E. (eds.) Transitionen im Jugendalter. Ergebnisse der Schweizer Längsschnittstudie TREE = Transitions juvéniles en Suisse. Resultats de l'étude longitudinale TREE = Youth transitions in Switzerland. Results from the TREE panel study, Vol. 1 (pp. 217-245). Zürich: Seismo https://doi.org/10.33058/seismo.30881

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This paper uses unique Swiss longitudinal data that include information on Programme for International Student Assessment (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 significantly more likely to be in an inadequate employment situation 2 years after finishing vocational training. Further analysis shows, however, that it is the type of vocational training pursued at upper secondary level that is decisive for a successful 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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Book Section (Report Section)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Bertschy, Kathrin, Cattaneo, Alejandra M., Wolter, Stefan Cornelis, Bergman, Manfred Max (B), Hupka-Brunner, Sandra (B), Keller, Anita (B), Meyer, Thomas (B), Igic, Ivana (B)


978-3-03777-093-1 (print); 978-3-03777-881-4 (PDF)




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Sandra Hupka-Brunner

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:26

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27 Jun 2024 09:45

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/9361 (FactScience: 215072)

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