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Project CATEWE - A comparative analysis of transitions from education to work in Europe
Overview This project set out to develop a conceptual framework to examine the relationship between education, training and labour market systems in different national contexts and to apply this framework to empirical studies of transition processes in several European countries. 

The project made use of two data sources: the Eurostat Labour Force Survey and integrated databases based on national school leavers' surveys

The project's first report drew on country studies (case studies) to produce a provisional classification/ typology of European countries in terms of the dimensions of the conceptual framework.

The final outcome included papers on different issues relating to school to work transition. The papers drew on complex multivariate analyses in order to compare European countries in a systematic way and to highlight the significant dimensions of education and training influencing the transition process.

The comparative research strategy adopted by the project was described as taking up an 'intermediate' position between 'universalistic' and 'particularistic' strategies. (Smyth et al., 2001, pp. 1-6, 22, 28-30).

Insight Details of the methodological approach and its progress during the project, including intermediate evidence of the research process, are described in the final report (Smyth et al., 2001).
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