CitationVono de Vilhena, Daniela; Stenberg, Anders; Blossfeld, Hans-Peter; Kilpi-Jakonen, Elina; & Kosyakova, Yuliya (2012). The impact of formal adult education on the likelihood of being employed: a comparative overview. Studies of Transition States and Societies, 4(1), 48-68.
AbstractThis article aims to map formal adult education in terms of the determinants of educational upgrading later in life, relating these back to social inequalities from a comparative perspective, and to labour market outcomes following participation, particularly the probability of being employed. It relies on a longitudinal analysis of data from the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and Russia. Results show that educational upgrading at mature ages has the potential for reducing social inequalities in all the countries analysed. Upgraders tend to come from a medium to low education background in Russia and the UK but from the tertiary educated in Spain and Sweden. Labour market marginalisation increases the chance of upgrading particularly in Sweden. Upgrading tends to increase employment opportunities, though these are in some cases conditional on being employed whilst studying. This is speciﬁcally the case for Russia and for men in the UK. We also found important country-speciﬁc gender diﬀerences in the eﬀect of upgrading on employment opportunities, according to which women beneﬁt more than men in the UK and Sweden. We conclude with some suggestions about the institutional eﬀects that produce diﬀerences between countries.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleStudies of Transition States and Societies
Author(s)Vono de Vilhena, Daniela