Student Employment and Later Labour Market Success: No Evidence for Higher Employment Chances

25 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2016

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Olivier Rotsaert

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Dieter Verhaest

KU Leuven

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Date Written: August 2016

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.

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Rotsaert, Olivier and Verhaest, Dieter and Omey, Eddy, Student Employment and Later Labour Market Success: No Evidence for Higher Employment Chances (August 2016). Kyklos, Vol. 69, Issue 3, pp. 401-425, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808779 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12115

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Olivier Rotsaert

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

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Belgium

Dieter Verhaest

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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