The Effect of College Employment on Graduation: Evidence from France

Posted: 24 Jul 2013

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Magali Beffy

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Denis Fougère

CNRS and SCIENCES PO PARIS; National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Arnaud Maurel

Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: July 2013

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of employment while in college on graduation, using data from the French Labour Force Surveys over the period 1992 to 2002. Using spatial variation in low-skill youth unemployment rates to circumvent the endogeneity of college employment decisions, we find a significant and very large detrimental effect of working while in college on graduation probability. We argue that this may be due to the lack of flexibility of the French university system, which does not offer much complementarity between schooling and in-school employment.

Keywords: bivariate Probit models, labour supply, Post-secondary educational attainment, students

JEL Classification: C35, I20, J24

Suggested Citation

Beffy, Magali and Fougere, Denis and Maurel, Arnaud, The Effect of College Employment on Graduation: Evidence from France (July 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9565, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2297204

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