Making Summer Matter: The Impact of Youth Employment on Academic Performance

67 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015 Last revised: 1 Mar 2021

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Amy Ellen Schwartz

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research; New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jacob Leos-Urbel

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy

Matthew Wiswall

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2015

Abstract

This paper examines New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP provides jobs to youth ages 14-24, and due to high demand for summer jobs, allocates slots through a random lottery system. We match student-level data from the SYEP program with educational records from the NYC Department of Education and use the random lottery to estimate the effects of SYEP participation on a number of academic outcomes, including test taking and performance. We find that SYEP participation has positive impacts on student academic outcomes, and these effects are particularly large for students who participate in SYEP multiple times.

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, Amy Ellen and Leos-Urbel, Jacob and Wiswall, Matthew, Making Summer Matter: The Impact of Youth Employment on Academic Performance (August 2015). NBER Working Paper No. w21470, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2645566

Amy Ellen Schwartz (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

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New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Jacob Leos-Urbel

New York University (NYU) - Institute for Education and Social Policy ( email )

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Matthew Wiswall

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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