We thank Bart Cockx, Gerdie Everaert, Dirk Van de gaer, Walter Van Trier, three anonymous referees and the participants of the 13th Meeting of the European Network for Transitions in Youth in Valencia (8-10/09/2005) for their comments on a previous version of the paper.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL EDUCATION AND SKILL ACQUISITION IN YOUNG WORKERS' FIRST JOBS*
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Authors. The Manchester School © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and The University of Manchester
The Manchester School
Volume 81, Issue 4, pages 638–659, July 2013
How to Cite
VERHAEST, D. and OMEY, E. (2013), THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL EDUCATION AND SKILL ACQUISITION IN YOUNG WORKERS' FIRST JOBS. The Manchester School, 81: 638–659. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2012.02305.x
Manuscript received 4.9.09; final version received 26.10.11.
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2012
We analyse whether formal education and on-the-job skill acquisition are substitutes or complements for a sample of Flemish school-leavers. Skill acquisition is measured directly through subjective assessments. We find that higher educated workers are more likely to acquire additional skills. While this is primarily explained by between-occupation effects, also within-occupation effects are revealed. Undereducated workers have lower overall skill acquisition probabilities than adequately educated workers in similar occupations; overeducated workers with a vocational degree acquire fewer transferable or general skills than their adequately educated colleagues. Overeducated workers also acquire fewer additional skills than adequately educated workers with similar educational backgrounds.