High-School Students´ Summer Jobs and their Ensuing Labor Market Achievement: the Long Term Effect
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
In part because of high and persistent youth unemployment, adolescent students’ transition from school to work is an important policy and research topic. Many countries have implemented public programs offering summer jobs or work while in high-school as measures to smooth the transition. While the immediate effect of the programs on school attendance, school grades, and disposable income is well documented, their effect on the transition to the labor market remains an open question. Observational studies have shown strong positive effects of summer jobs, but also that the estimated effect is highly vulnerable to selection bias. In this paper, some 3700 high-school students applying for summer jobs in the period 1995-2003,via a program, are followed to 30 years of age. A quarter of the applicants were randomly offered a summer job each year. Among the remaining students, 50% had a (non-program related) summer job while in high-school. We find the income, post high-school, for the offered and non-offered groups to be similar and conclude that the effect of summer jobs on the transition to the labor market is inconsequential.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlänge: Högskolan Dalarna , 2013. , 18 p.
Working papers in transport, tourism, information technology and microdata analysis, ISSN 1650-5581 ; 2013:05
natural experiment, work experience, work while in school
Research subject Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - others; Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Effektutvärdering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-11784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11784DiVA: diva2:602051
This research was funded by IFAU.2013-01-312013-01-312015-06-08Bibliographically approved