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Leadership experiences, labor market entry, and early career trajectories
(), Oskar Nordström Skans
() and Pär Zetterberg
Abstract: We study how leadership experiences before labor market
entry affect subsequent labor market performance, using a regression
discontinuity design to isolate the causal effects. The design is applied
to elections of representatives at Swedish student union (SU) councils.
Archive data on winning and losing candidates at three major Swedish
universities are mapped to register data on their subsequent labor market
careers. The results show that students who acquired a position in the SU
councils are more likely to have a rapid transition into employment than
candidates who just missed getting to get such a leadership role. The
employment effects are not confined to workplaces, organizations, or
industries where previous candidates are employed, suggesting that the
benefits of having been a student representative are general in nature.
Elected representatives are more likely to hold a well-paid job within
three years, but not thereafter. Overall, our estimates suggest that
leadership experiences before labor market entry boost individuals’ initial
career trajectories, whereas mid-term outcomes appear unaffected.
Keywords: leadership experiences; extracurricular activities; labor market entry; earnings; higher education; non-cognitive skills; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I23; I26; J24; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, January 22, 2016
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