Tomoko Kishi, Nanzan University - VET Qualifications and Employment Outcomes

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Title: VET Qualifications and Employment Outcomes

Abstract: This study aims to examine the effects of acquiring vocational qualifications on employment outcomes in Australia using the HILDA Survey waves 1-17. 
We use the difference-in-difference method and define those with only one vocational education and training (VET) qualification during waves 1 to 17 (2001-2017) as the treatment group. Those who did not acquire VET qualification at all during this period are treated as the control group. VET qualification in this research includes Certificates III/IV, Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas.
The results indicate that for women, the treatment group had significantly higher probabilities of employment than the control group. On the other hand, for men, treatment effects of VET qualifications were not observed.
For women, the effects of acquiring VET qualification lasted for nearly five years. The results provide useful information, as the vocational education system is still at an early stage in Japan.

Presenter: Tomoko Kishi, Nanzan University

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