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Gender, Education and Employment

Gender, Education and Employment

An International Comparison of School-to-Work Transitions

eduLIFE Lifelong Learning series

Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Jan Skopek, Moris Triventi and Sandra Buchholz

For much of the twentieth century, women lagged considerably behind men in their educational attainment. However, in recent decades, young women have become an important source of human capital for labor markets in modern societies, as well as potential competitors to the male workforce. This book asks whether or not women have been able to convert their educational success into gains on the labor market

Chapter 13: Gender Differences at Labor Market Entry in Switzerland

Christian Imdorf and Sandra Hupka-Brunner

Subjects: development studies, family and gender policy, education, education policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, education policy, sociology and sociological theory


In many countries, women have become increasingly successful in their educational careers, and this also includes Switzerland that has experienced considerable educational expansion since the 1950s. Further growth of postsecondary (upper secondary level) education during the 1970s in Switzerland has narrowed gender differences in educational attainment, resulting in a proliferation of occupation-specific credentials (Charles 2004).

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