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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Education and happiness in the school-to-work transition
Authors: Dockery, A.M. 
Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 49
Keywords: Career paths
Higher education
Abstract: Very few would argue that education does not enhance people’s lives, with higher educational attainment being linked to better career paths and health. It is curious then that previous research has found that attaining higher levels of education is linked to lower levels of happiness or satisfaction with life. This would appear to be at odds with current policy promoting the value of further education. Could it be that attaining higher education sets people up to fail by encouraging expectations that can never be met? Using data from the 1995 Year 9 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), Mike Dockery examined the relationship between individuals’ highest level of education and their selfrated happiness. He also looked at the impact of factors such as family circumstances while at school and personality traits on this relationship
ISBN: 978 1 921413 86 5 & 978 1 921413 87 2
Keywords: Employment; Education and Training
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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