Proceedings of the XXII Meeting of the Economics of Education Association issue:Online pages:1-18
Meeting of the Economics of Education Association edition:22 location:A Coruña, Spain date:4-5 July 2013
In this paper we investigate the transition from secondary school to higher education in flanders, more specifically the transition of students from technical and vocational education. We used merged administrative databases from the flemish department of education in order to construct a longitudinal dataset, enabling to track individual students from secondary to higher education. We obtained data from the entire population of school leavers from ten study fields in technical and vocational secondary education (n=9991). The data include individual demographic student characteristics, detailed individual enrolment information in secondary education and higher education for four school years, a number of secondary school characteristics as well as regional socioeconomic indicators. These data allow us explain differences in transition probabilities to a 7th year vocational training, college or university and to quantify the impact of the various explanatory variables. Results from logistic regression models indicate that a number of individual pupil characteristics, as well as school level characteristics are significant covariates in explaining transition probabilities to post-secondary education. In addition, the estimation results also show that specific secondary education study fields have a significant impact on the transition rate to higher education.