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From School to Work: A Comparative Study of Educational Qualifications and Occupational Destinations [Hardcover]

Shavit Muller , Walter Muller , Yossi Shavit

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1 Dec 1997 0198293224 978-0198293224
This fascinating comparative study presents the latest research into the value of qualifications for the attainment of first job, and in securing employment. A team of some of the world's leading scholars in the field examine the ways in which educational qualifications affect the occupational outcomes of men and women in thirteen countries. The book features chapters on each of these countries, together with a lead chapter which integrates them, and analyses them comparatively. The authors present a wealth of rich and detailed information on educational institutions in these various countries, as well as reports on rigorous statistical analyses of the associations between qualifications and occupations. The data reveals marked differences between countries in how education shapes occupational attainment, and indicates that these differences are related, in very systematic ways, to the institutional characteristics of school systems. The book offers a range of insightful policy-oriented observations, for example that vocational education is valuable in countries where training is occupationally specific, but is of little value where the curricula are general in content.

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excellent overviews of trends and isues in the countries concerned ... Mulle and Shavit have taken great pains to ensure the comparability of the data and the analyses ... They have come closer to a cross-nationally comparable analysis of the transition from school to work than any previous study based on so many countries. ... Shavit and Muller have achieved an important milestone in research on cross-national differences in school-to-work transitions. (European Sociological Review, vol. 17, no. 3)

This is a highly competent book of technically advanced statistical method about the causes, especially the educational causes, of the pattern of entry of young people into employment. - A H Halsey. Journal Social Politics. 1998.

It will be most useful to to students and scholars interested in cross-national investigation of both formal educational qualifications and subsequent access to job market structures.

The editors have bought together an international group of experts to compare the association between educational qualifications and occupational outcomes early in workers' careers in thirteen industrialized countries.

This is a very important book. It brings together many of the very best social stratification analysts to conduct parallel studies of a core stratification linkage. The result is a rich scholarly feast that is both highly informative and a challenge to future strafication research ... The work reported in this book takes us a long way toward understanding the interface between education and labor force entry in comparative terms. It provides a firm base on which to build ... No serious scholarly library should be without this book. (Alan C Kerckhoff, American Journal of Sociology)

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