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 the occupational 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 in these 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 very systematic 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 are general in content.
`excellent overviews of trends and isues in the countries concerned ... Mulle and Shavit have taken great pains to ensure the comparability of the data and the analyses ... They have come closer to a cross-nationally comparable analysis of the transition from school to work than any previous study based on so many countries. ... Shavit and Muller have achieved an important milestone in research on cross-national differences in school-to-work
European Sociological Review, vol. 17, no. 3
This is a highly competent book of technically advanced statistical method about the causes, especially the educational causes, of the pattern of entry of young people into employment. - A H Halsey. Journal Social Politics. 1998.
It will be most useful to to students and scholars interested in cross-national investigation of both formal educational qualifications and subsequent access to job market structures.
The editors have bought together an international group of experts to compare the association between educational qualifications and occupational outcomes early in workers' careers in thirteen industrialized countries.
`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 ... The work 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
1: Walter Müller and Yossi Shavit: The institutional embededness of the stratification process: a comparative study of qualifications and occupations in thirteen countries
2: Frank Jones: The transition from school to work in Australia
3: Anthony Heath and Sin Yi Cheung: Education and occupation in Britain
4: Dominique Goux and Eric Maurin: From education to first job: the French case
5: 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 Ireland
7: Yossi Shavit, Vered Kraus, and Meir Yaish: The transition from school to work in Israel
8: Antonio Schizzerotto and Antonio Cobalti: Occupational returns to education in contemporary Italy
9: Hiroshi Ishida: Educational credentials and labour market entry outcomes in Japan
10: Takehiko Kariya: From high school and college to work in Japan - meritocracy through institutional and semi-institutional linkages
11: Paul M. De Graaf & Wout C.Ultee: Education and early occupation in the Netherlands around 1990: categorical and continous scales and the details of a relationship
12: Jan O. Jonsson and Robert Erikson: Allocation processes in the Swedish labour market
13: 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 Taiwan
15: Richard Arum and Mike Hout: The early returns: the transition from school to work in the United States
Number Of Pages: 572
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4
Weight (kg): 1.01