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Project STT - Schooling, training and transitions: An economic perspective
Overview In this project a theoretical and empirical analysis of the following three topics was carried out.

(1) A comparative analysis of schooling systems: The research group obtained stylised descriptions of schooling systems from indicators established by international organisations. They then supplemented these data with the answers given by education experts in sixteen countries to a questionnaire tailored to the project's needs.

(2) The transition from school to work: The analysis was mainly concentrated on the microeconomic aspects of school to work transitions, using longitudinal data whenever possible.

(3) Training and labour market flexibility: A comparative review of research and data resources relating to the supply of employer-provided training was prepared. Together with an overview of the relevant economic theories, one of the papers presented a critical review of empirical work. The work on labour mobility was to a large extent empirical, using European data to test various theoretical predictions about the labour market. The data was often panel, following the same individuals (or firms) over a number of years. In addition, some papers were able to use linked employer-employee (LEE) data to model wages and mobility more accurately.

Some of the project's results were still preliminary and needed further work and validation, partly due to a lack of data. The hope was expressed that European countries would improve the compatibility and the access to micro data in the future. (Sofer, 2000, pp. 4f., 6, 10, 11, 103)

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