Youth Employment and Academic Performance: Production Functions and Policy Effects

66 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2016

Abstract

We identify the effects of part-time employment, study time at home, and attitudes in school, in the production function for educational performance among UK teenagers in compulsory education. Our approach identifies the factors driving differences between the reduced form 'policy effect' of in-school employment, and its direct effect or 'production function parameter'. Part-time employment is shown to reduce performance among girls but not boys, because employment crowds out both study time at home and positive attitude in school to a greater extent for girls than boys. Part-time work also induces earlier initiation into risky behaviours for girls than boys.

Keywords: labour supply, human capital, education production function, child development

JEL Classification: C35, I21, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Holford, Angus, Youth Employment and Academic Performance: Production Functions and Policy Effects. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2803841 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2803841

Angus Holford (Contact Author)

University of Essex ( email )

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