Students’ career paths in Japan have greatly changed due to macroeconomic factors and the fact that young people are increasingly opting not to participate in the labor force. The need to provide education fostering motivation and qualities required for students’ future social and vocational independence has emerged. The government-promoted career education policies have become established as one of the pillars of youth employment policy. This study explored the effects of career policies in school settings by identifying graduates’ earning capacity (annual income) through an online survey followed by quantitative analysis of the results. We report the evaluation of career policies by respondents, and then measure the effects of these policies on both labor participation and income. Although the specific program we focused on did not show clear effects, career education policies in general, and daily activities in elementary and middle schools affect graduates’ incomes. We also identify other key attributes that influence income.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)