Evidence on the returns to secondary vocational education Academic Article uri icon


  • Vocational education in high schools has frequently been stigmatized as an anachronistic, dead-end path for students. We use data from the National Education Longitudinal Survey of 1988 to examine claims that students on a vocational track would benefit from a more academically rigorous education. Clearly, selection bias confounds attempts to untangle the effects of academic tracking on income after high school. Using an econometric framework that accounts for this bias, we find evidence of comparative advantage in tracking. 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Economics of Education Review

altmetric score

  • 15

author list (cited authors)

  • Meer, J.

citation count

  • 78

complete list of authors

  • Meer, Jonathan

publication date

  • January 2007