Labour market forecasts and choice of education

Dinand Webbink*

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This chapter examines the influence of forecasts on the choices made by students of Higher Education in the Netherlands. It investigates to what extent the expectations of students correspond to labour market forecasts and presents a summary of existing knowledge. Developments in the participation in Dutch education suggest that there is no relation between the choice of education and labour market expectations/forecasts. Little empirical research has been done on the relationship between labour market expectations and choice of education. Such studies often focus on the role of subjective expectations in the process of choosing an education, rather than the direct influence of labour market forecasts. The classification of studies with good or bad labour market perspectives was done on the basis of forecasts made by Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market. Empirical research concentrated largely on the choice between studying and not studying, rather than the choice of a particular type of education or study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Transparent Labour Market for Educational Decisions
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429774676
ISBN (Print)9781138364950
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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