Iris J Y Wang
(), Kenneth Carling
() and Ola Nääs
Iris J Y Wang: Dalarna University, Economics and Society, Postal: 781 88 Borlänge, Sweden
Kenneth Carling: Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Ola Nääs: Dalarna University, Economics and Society, Postal: 781 88 Borlänge, Sweden
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.
28 pages, November 29, 2006
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