Does Student Work Really Affect Educational Outcomes? A Review of the Literature

38 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017

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Brecht Neyt

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel)

Stijn Baert

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

Abstract

We review the theories put forward, methodological approaches used, and empirical conclusions found in the multidisciplinary literature on the relationship between student employment and educational outcomes. A systematic comparison of the empirical work yields new insights that go beyond the overall reported negative effect of more intensive working schemes and that are of high academic and policy relevance. One such insight uncovered by our review is that student employment seems to have a more adverse effect on educational choices and behaviour (study engagement and the decision to continue studying) than on educational performance (in particular, graduation).

Keywords: student employment, education, self-selection, review

JEL Classification: I21, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Neyt, Brecht and Omey, Eddy and Verhaest, Dieter and Baert, Stijn, Does Student Work Really Affect Educational Outcomes? A Review of the Literature. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11023. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3045718

Brecht Neyt (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

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Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Stijn Baert

Ghent University ( email )

University of Antwerp ( email )

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Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

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Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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Belgium

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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