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Student employment and later labour market success: no evidence for higher employment chances

Stijn Baert (UGent) , Olivier Rotsaert, Dieter Verhaest (UGent) and Eddy Omey (UGent)
(2016) KYKLOS. 69(3). p.401-425
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We investigate the impact of student work experience on later hiring chances. To completely rule out potential endogeneity, we present a field experiment in which various forms of student work experience are randomly disclosed by more than 1000 fictitious graduates applying for jobs in Belgium. Theoretical mechanisms are investigated by estimating heterogeneous treatment effects by the relevance and timing of revealed student work experience. We find that neither form of student work experience enhances initial recruitment decisions. For a number of candidate subgroups (by education level and occupation type), even an adverse effect is found.
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signalling, student employment, transitions in youth, randomised field experiments, human capital

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Baert, Stijn, Olivier Rotsaert, Dieter Verhaest, and Eddy Omey. 2016. “Student Employment and Later Labour Market Success: No Evidence for Higher Employment Chances.” Kyklos 69 (3): 401–425.
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Baert, Stijn, Rotsaert, O., Verhaest, D., & Omey, E. (2016). Student employment and later labour market success: no evidence for higher employment chances. KYKLOS, 69(3), 401–425.
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Baert S, Rotsaert O, Verhaest D, Omey E. Student employment and later labour market success: no evidence for higher employment chances. KYKLOS. 2016;69(3):401–25.
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Baert, Stijn, Olivier Rotsaert, Dieter Verhaest, et al. “Student Employment and Later Labour Market Success: No Evidence for Higher Employment Chances.” KYKLOS 69.3 (2016): 401–425. Print.
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  abstract     = {We investigate the impact of student work experience on later hiring chances. To completely rule out potential endogeneity, we present a field experiment in which various forms of student work experience are randomly disclosed by more than 1000 fictitious graduates applying for jobs in Belgium. Theoretical mechanisms are investigated by estimating heterogeneous treatment effects by the relevance and timing of revealed student work experience. We find that neither form of student work experience enhances initial recruitment decisions. For a number of candidate subgroups (by education level and occupation type), even an adverse effect is found.},
  author       = {Baert, Stijn and Rotsaert, Olivier and Verhaest, Dieter and Omey, Eddy},
  issn         = {0023-5962},
  journal      = {KYKLOS},
  keyword      = {signalling,student employment,transitions in youth,randomised field experiments,human capital},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {401--425},
  title        = {Student employment and later labour market success: no evidence for higher employment chances},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12115},
  volume       = {69},
  year         = {2016},
}

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