Work Hard or Play Hard? Degree Class, Student Leadership and Employment Opportunities

38 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018

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Stijn Baert

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

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel)

Abstract

We investigated the impact on first hiring outcomes of two main curriculum vitae (CV) characteristics by which graduates with a tertiary education degree distinguish themselves from their peers: degree class and extra-curricular activities. These characteristics were randomly assigned to 2,800 fictitious job applications that were sent to real vacancies in Belgium. Academic performance and extra-curricular engagement both enhanced job interview rates by about 7%. The effect of a higher degree class was driven by female (versus male) candidates and candidates with a master's (versus a bachelor's) degree. We did not find evidence for these CV characteristics to be substitutes or to reinforce each other's effect.

Keywords: degree class, extra-curricular activities, hiring, field experiment

JEL Classification: J23, J24, I23, C93

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Verhaest, Dieter, Work Hard or Play Hard? Degree Class, Student Leadership and Employment Opportunities. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11971. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3301726

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel) ( email )

Stormstraat 2
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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