Earning While Learning: When and How Student Employment is Beneficial

28 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2012

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Regula Geel

University of Zurich - Institute for Strategy and Business Economics; Swiss Leading House

Uschi Backes‐Gellner

University of Zurich

Date Written: September 2012

Abstract

Although studies of student employment (‘earning while learning’) mostly find positive wage effects, they do not adequately consider the relation of the employment to the field of study. We investigate how different types of student employment during tertiary education affect short‐ and long‐term labour market returns. Beyond examining differences between non‐working and part‐time working students, we distinguish between student employment related and unrelated to the field of study. Our results show significant positive labour market returns of ‘earning while learning’ only for student employment related to the field of study. These returns consist of a lower unemployment risk, shorter job‐search duration, higher wage effects, and greater job responsibility.

JEL Classification: I21, J31, J64

Suggested Citation

Geel, Regula and Backes‐Gellner, Uschi, Earning While Learning: When and How Student Employment is Beneficial (September 2012). LABOUR, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 313-340, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2131013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2012.00548.x

Regula Geel (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Institute for Strategy and Business Economics ( email )

Plattenstrasse 14
Zürich, 8032
Switzerland

Swiss Leading House

Plattenstrasse 14
Zurich, 8032
Switzerland

Uschi Backes‐Gellner

University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

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