The Difficult School-to-Work Transition of High School Dropouts: Evidence from a Field Experiment

58 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2017

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Pierre Cahuc

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

Stéphane Carcillo

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Sciences Po; IZA

Andreea Minea

Sciences Po - Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC)

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of the labor market experience of high school dropouts four years after leaving school by sending fictitious resumes to real job postings in France. Compared to those who have stayed unemployed since leaving school, the callback rate is not raised for those with employment experience, whether it is subsidized or non-subsidized, in the market or non-market sector, if there is no training accompanied by skill certification. In particular, we find no stigma effect associated with subsidized or non-market sector work experience. Moreover, training accompanied by skill certification improves youth prospects only when the local unemployment rate is sufficiently low, which occurs in one fifth of the commuting zones only.

Keywords: Job subsidies, Training, youth unemployment

JEL Classification: J60, J68

Suggested Citation

Cahuc, Pierre and Carcillo, Stephane and Minea, Andreea, The Difficult School-to-Work Transition of High School Dropouts: Evidence from a Field Experiment (June 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12120, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2996665

Pierre Cahuc (Contact Author)

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