Structural determinants of the transition to professional education in Switzerland and long-term private monetary returns

In Switzerland, holders of professional qualifications account for roughly one-third of all holders of tertiary-level qualifications. In most cases, admission to professional education is open to holders of a Federal VET Diploma who have the requisite amount of work experience.

This dissertation project examines individual and structural aspects influencing the transition to professional education. It further focuses on long-term private monetary returns to professional education and provides an explanation of respective differences in income levels between professional groups after completion of professional education. Finally, the determinants of professional (income) mobility over the course of one’s career for both holders of professional education qualifications and holders of higher education qualifications are explored.

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In progress
1.5.2015 to 31.8.2020
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