Authors: Tam Bang Vu
Most societies have valued college education much higher than vocational education. This tendency is even more pronounced in Asia. Households everywhere in China strive to send their children to colleges, causing vocational schools to take a back seat in the nation’s educational system.
Influenced by this preferable mode of education, existing literature on the relationship between economic development and education in China has focused on growth of real GDP and three major levels of education, meaning primary, secondary, and college education. None of the papers investigates the different effects between vocational education and college education. Additionally, none of the papers investigate the two-way causality between these two modes of education and regional development using data on regional outputs per worker for each sector of the economy.