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Call for Papers: The Economics of Vocational Education and Training

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The labour markets of many industrialised countries are facing extensive technological and demographic changes. Digitalisation, networking, and robotics all transform the world of work and with it the demand for skills and qualifications. This development is accompanied by a decreasing number of young people undertaking vocational training. Instead, school graduates are increasingly pursuing academic qualifications. Furthermore, many regions are struggling to integrate refugees and people with a migration background into the labour market.
Vocational education and training (VET) is often valued for its ability to help young people transition smoothly from education to employment. VET also allows those already employed to adapt to the changing demands of their fields. Despite an increasing amount of research in this area, many questions in the field of the Economics of VET remain unanswered. These questions pertain to both the decision to invest in VET and the outcomes thereof on the individual, firm- and state levels. 
The special issue on the Economics of VET therefore strives to bring together theoretical and empirical work addressing topics related to this field of study.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • How do technological change and digitalisation affect the supply of and demand for VET qualifications in the labour market?
  • How do labour market institutions and policies influence training participation of firms and individuals?
  • What type of government efforts aimed at increasing the participation of firms and individuals in VET are effective and efficient?
  • How can VET provide skills to older employees?
  • How do training markets react to exogenous shocks?
  • What role can VET play in the successful integration of refugees and migrants?
  • How do individual-level preferences and personality traits affect the decision for or against VET?
  • What can we learn from VET systems in other countries with different economic and institutional conditions?

For more information on this topic, please see the website of the 2nd BIBB Conference on the Economics of Vocational Education and Training: Markets - Institutions – Systems.

Submission Deadline:1 September 2020

Lead Guest Editor: 
Prof. Dr. Samuel Mühlemann, LMU Munich, Germany

Guest Editor: 
Prof. Dr. Harald Pfeifer, Maastricht University, Netherlands and BIBB, Germany

Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the journal submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate section in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'The Economics of Vocational Education and Training'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient

High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage.

Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

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Society affiliation

Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training is an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) (Bern, Switzerland), in collaboration with the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB). The publication costs for the journal are covered by the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.