Working while Studying: Employment Premium or Penalty for Youth in Benin?

35 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2019

See all articles by Senakpon F. A. Dedehouanou

Senakpon F. A. Dedehouanou

KU Leuven

Luca Tiberti

Université Laval

Hilaire Houeninvo

University of Abomey-Calavi

Djohodo Inès Monwanou

National University of Agriculture (Benin)

Date Written: February 28, 2019

Abstract

Most youth in developing countries leave school with only a general academic education level, slowing down their transition to the labor market. We analyze whether work experience during school can help youth transition more easily to a first job in Benin. We used data from the 2014 School-to-Work Transition Survey (SWTS) and a multi-equation model to account for endogeneity and sample- selection bias in estimating the effect of work experience during school on the transition to first job. Our findings are that work during summer breaks or holidays makes the transition from school to first job easier, especially when combined with apprenticeships, but these results were significant only for men and youth who left school with at least a secondary education. The important impact of work experience during studies on the ability to pursue job opportunities after school is highlighted.

Keywords: Working while studying, Youth unemployment, school-to-work transition, Benin

JEL Classification: I21, J20, J64

Suggested Citation

Dedehouanou, Senakpon F. A. and Tiberti, Luca and Houeninvo, Hilaire and Monwanou, Djohodo Inès, Working while Studying: Employment Premium or Penalty for Youth in Benin? (February 28, 2019). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2019-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3344584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3344584

Senakpon F. A. Dedehouanou (Contact Author)

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant

Luca Tiberti

Université Laval ( email )

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

Hilaire Houeninvo

University of Abomey-Calavi ( email )

Benin

Djohodo Inès Monwanou

National University of Agriculture (Benin) ( email )

Benin

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