First findings of a study on education and access to the labourmarket
5 April 2013
Read the summary of the finished NWO-VIDI project of Herman van de Werfhorst, entitled "Productive Skills, Positional Good or Social Closure? Three Mechanisms for the Education Effect on the Labour Market across Structural‐Institutional Settings"
Central finding 1: The vocational orientation of educational systems
strengthens the effect of education on labormarket outcomesfor amixture of
reasons relating to both the human capitalthatisinvolved, and the
institutionalized closure patternsthat are in place.
Central finding 2: Generically oriented educationalsystemsimpose a
positional model to education with a focus on trainability.Or, put
otherwise,systemsthat are strongly vocationally oriented limitthe positionality
Central finding 3: We do not find evidence that in more tracked educational
systems, employers recruit relatively strongly on the basis of productivity
Central finding 4: Educational systems are not only related to the factual
‘production’ of inequalities, but also to the opinions that populations develop
about income distributions.