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Vocational Education in the New EU Member States, Enhancing Labor Market Outcomes and Fiscal Efficiency

Vocational education often is ignored during discussions of secondary education reform even though it accounts for between 25 percent and 79 percent of upper secondary enrollment in the former centrally-planned countries of the European Union. Based on information, data, and feedback from most of these countries, this paper develops a set of propositions about vocational…

Vocational education often is ignored during discussions of secondary education reform even though it accounts for between 25 percent and 79 percent of upper secondary enrollment in the former centrally-planned countries of the European Union.

Based on information, data, and feedback from most of these countries, this paper develops a set of propositions about vocational education reform, not with a view to prescribing a detailed “one-size-fits-all” strategy, but rather it derives some principles that continued reform of vocational education could take into account, to the benefit of fiscal ef.

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