Work or Schooling? On the Return to Gaining In‐School Work Experiences

24 Pages Posted: 1 May 2020

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Sofie Cabus

Maastricht University

Carla Haelermans

Maastricht University - Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER)

Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

Wages are a composite measure of the return to education and the return to work experiences. Work experiences are often defined as workers who gain experiences on‐the‐job. However, work experiences can also be part of a study curriculum in vocational secondary education. We estimate the return to in‐school work experiences by comparing the Heckman selection model and the Rubin matching model. First, we show that students with in‐school work experiences earn +16% more in the first years of labour than their theoretical peers. Second, we indicate that both empirical models do not appropriately deal with censored observations in the presence of an informal market. Including information on a set of censored observations increases the effect to +22%.

Suggested Citation

Cabus, Sofie and Haelermans, Carla, Work or Schooling? On the Return to Gaining In‐School Work Experiences (March 2017). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 55, Issue 1, pp. 34-57, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3589629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12166

Sofie Cabus (Contact Author)

Maastricht University

Carla Haelermans

Maastricht University - Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER) ( email )

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