Tertiary dropout and their labour market outcomes in Europe (Online Seminar)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Tertiary dropout and their labour market outcomes in Europe

With the participation of Sylke Schnepf (JRC)

Language: the seminar is held in English.


Abstract: Dropping out of university is regularly discussed as a negative indicator. However, research on actual career trajectories of dropouts is virtually nonexistent. This study estimates the association between tertiary dropouts and career chances in 15 European countries. Using data from the 2011 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), estimates are derived from the application of propensity score matching taking a variety of individual background characteristics including cognitive skills into account. Results indicate that individuals are likely to fare better in the labour market if they enrol in university and drop out than if they do not enrol at all. Policy makers need to revise the notion that dropping out is purely negative.


  • Sylke V. Schnepf is working in the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation and on the cross-national research project examining aspects of fairness in Ispra, Italy. She is a member of the JRC Scientific Committee. Sylke obtained a Masters in political sciences, psychology and law in 1999 and a PhD in Economics in 2005. Previously, she worked as a consultant for the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, Italy and as an Associate Professor in Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, UK. Sylke provides scientific expertise and methodological support for counterfactual impact evaluation. Her main methodological research interests focus on impact evaluation methods and survey design. She examines aspects of fairness focusing mainly on education and climate change policies.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 16/12/2021.

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