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No 2006:14:
High school students' summer jobs and their ensuing labour market achievement

Iris J Y Wang (), Kenneth Carling () and Ola Nääs ()

Abstract: This paper seeks to determine the effect of summer jobs offered by the public sector on high-school students’ labour market achievement by use of quasi-experimental data. Many municipalities in Sweden offer summer jobs within their organizations to high-school students. The municipality of Falun randomly allocates about 200 such summer jobs per year by a lottery. Because of this, the effect of a summer job might be determined while the issue of self-selection bias is controlled. Our study finds that summer jobs slightly improve the earnings immediately after graduation from high school, but the effect does not persist.

Keywords: intention-to-treat; on-treatment; Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C41; C93; J68; (follow links to similar papers)

28 pages, November 29, 2006

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