The risks of human capital investments Schooling decisions involve far more than just choosing the optimum number of school years. Most schooling systems confront students with an increasing array of choices as they advance in their schooling career. Whereas at the elementary level the curriculum is usually fixed and identical for all pupils, at some point after basic education students have to decide on the type of school they will attend next and on the type of curriculum within those schools. After completing secondary school, they may attend university education, where the number of options between disciplines, and curricula within the disciplines, is even larger. The uncertainties surrounding these choices can be grouped into three main categories. First, students seldom have a clear perception of the precise content of a schooling programme. They will also be unsure about their ability to complete it. The programme may turn out to be more difficult or less interesting than anticipated and the individual may discover that he lacks the ability or perseverance to fulfil the requirements. Second, after completing education for a particular trade or profession, the graduate may still lack the ability to become a successful practitioner. There may be a wide dispersion of performance or productivity in the job and the individual may not know her true competence when entering the trade.
|Title of host publication||Human capital|
|Subtitle of host publication||advances in theory and evidence|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||19|
|ISBN (Print)||0521873169, 9780521873161|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2007|