Labour Market Effects of the Polytechnic Education Reform: The Finnish Experience

42 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2009

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Petri Bockerman

Labour Institute for Economic Research; University of Turku - Turku School of Economics

Ulla Hamalainen

Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Roope Uusitalo

Uppsala University - Department of Economics; IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Government of the Republic of Finland - VATT Institute for Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper evaluates the labour market effects of the introduction of the polytechnic education system in Finland. The polytechnic reform gradually transformed former vocational colleges into polytechnics. Since the timing of the reform differed across schools, we can compare the performance of polytechnic graduates to the performance of vocational college graduates controlling for both the year and the school effects. The results are somewhat sensitive to how the selectivity issues are treated but generally suggest that both the earnings and the employment levels of post-reform graduates are higher in the field of business and administration. The effects are much smaller and usually insignificant in other fields.

Keywords: I21, I23

JEL Classification: vocational, education, polytechnic, education, sch

Suggested Citation

Bockerman, Petri and Hamalainen, Ulla and Uusitalo, Roope, Labour Market Effects of the Polytechnic Education Reform: The Finnish Experience. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1351177

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