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The effect of summer jobs on post-schooling incomes
(), Kenneth Carling
() and Ola Nääs
Abstract: In part because of high youth unemployment, students’
transition from school to work is an important policy and research topic.
Public programs offering summer jobs or work while in high school as
measures to smooth the transition is commonplace. The immediate effect of
the programs on school attendance, school grades, and disposable income is
well documented. However, their effect on the transition to the labor
market remains unsettled, partly because of a potential selection bias in
previous observational studies. In this paper, 2650 first graders of high
school in Falun Council, Sweden, randomly allotted summer jobs via a
program in the years of 1997-2003, are followed ten years after graduation.
The program led to a substantially larger accumulation of work experience
while in high school for offered (particularly weak academically
performing) females, but not for offered males. Hence, the immediate
program effect was heterogeneous. Females were used to estimate the causal
effect of work experience while in high school on post-schooling incomes.
The (statistically) significant estimate implies an elasticity of 0.4. Work
experience while in high school seems to be of future benefit, but the
elasticity is potentially inflated due to heterogeneous effects that we
were unable to account for.
Keywords: experimental data; work experience; work while in school; selection bias; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C93; J24; J68; (follow links to similar papers)
21 pages, November 18, 2013
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- This paper is published as:
Alam, Moudud, Kenneth Carling and Ola Nääs, (2015), 'The Program and Treatment Effect of Summer Jobs on Girls’ Post-schooling Incomes', Evaluation Review, Vol. 39, No. 3, pages 339-359
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