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Comprehensive School Reform and Labor Market Outcomes over the Lifecycle : Evidence from Finland
Ollikainen, J.-P. (2021). Comprehensive School Reform and Labor Market Outcomes over the Lifecycle : Evidence from Finland. Labour Economics, 68, Article 101952. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101952
Published inLabour Economics
DisciplineTaloustiedePäätöksentekoa tukeva taloustiede ja talouden kilpailukyky (painoala)Empirical MicroeconomicsBasic or discovery scholarshipEconomicsPolicy-Relevant Economics and Competitiveness of Economy (focus area)Empirical MicroeconomicsBasic or discovery scholarship
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This study focused on the labor market effects of the Finnish comprehensive school reform in 1972–1977 over the lifecycle. The reform increased the age at which students are separated into vocational and general tracks from 11 to 16 as well as updated the curriculum to include more general content instead of vocational. Using longitudinal administrative register data and exploiting the gradual implementation of the reform, I found a negative effect on employment in early career and a positive effect later in the lifecycle. Results for labor earnings are more nuanced and sensitive to different model specifications, but a positive effect was found in the late career. After the reform, the treated were more likely to choose academic secondary education which could mediate the effects on employment. The results were similar for men and women.
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Strategic research programmes, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis research was funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland (grant 293445).
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