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

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

EditorYossi Shavit, Walter Muller

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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 theoccupational 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 inthese 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 verysystematic 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 aregeneral in content.

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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 theoccupational outcomes of men and women in thirteen coun...

Yossi Shavit is a Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University. Walter Muller is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Mannheim.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:572 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198293224

ISBN - 13:9780198293224

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Table of Contents

1. Walter Muller and Yossi Shavit: The institutional embededness of the stratification process: a comparative study of qualifications and occupations in thirteen countries2. Frank Jones: The transition from school to work in Australia3. Anthony Heath and Sin Yi Cheung: Education and occupation in Britain4. Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin: From education to first job: the French case5. Education and labour market entry in Germany: 6. Richard Breen and Christopher Whelan: Investment in education: educational qualifications and class of entry in the Republic of Ireland7. Yossi Shavit, Vered Kraus, and Meir Yaish: The transition from school to work in Israel8. Antonio Schizzerotto and Antonio Cobalti: Occupational returns to education in contemporary Italy9. Hiroshi Ishida: Educational credentials and labour market entry outcomes in Japan10. Takehiko Kariya: From high school and college to work in Japan - meritocracy through institutional and semi-institutional linkages11. Paul M. De Graaf and Wout C.Ultee: Education and early occupation in the Netherlands around 1990: categorical and continous scales and the details of a relationship12. Jan O. Jonsson and Robert Erikson: Allocation processes in the Swedish labour market13. Marlis Buchmann and Stefan Sacchi: The transition from school to work in Switzerland: do characteristics of the educational system and class barriers matter?14. Shu-Ling Tsai: The transition from school to work in Taiwan15. Richard Arum and Mike Hout: The early returns: the transition from school to work in the United States

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`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 ... Thework 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