Employability and earnings returns to qualifications in Scotland, 1999-2001

Anne Gasteen, John Houston

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Gasteen A. and Houston J. (2007) Employability and earnings returns to qualifications in Scotland, Regional Studies 41, 443–451. Scottish Social Inclusion and Lifelong Learning policies emphasize the need for individuals to become qualified through the acquisition of formal qualifications. Although education policy in Scotland is a devolved activity, there has been little investigation of the earnings and employment returns in the labour market. This paper examines the earnings and employability performance of qualifications using Labour Force Survey data from 1999–2003. School-leaving qualifications offer a greater chance of employment and attract significantly superior earnings' premia than intermediate-school and lower-level Further Education qualifications. There is also evidence that individuals who had followed a standard educational route to higher level qualifications may enjoy extra earnings' premia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-452
Number of pages10
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Early online date15 Jun 2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • returns to education
  • qualifications
  • earnings
  • employability
  • Scotland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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