Educational Track, Networks and Labor Market Outcomes

42 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2003

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David N. Margolis

Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; World Bank - Social Protection Unit (HDNSP); Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Véronique Simonnet

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - TEAM

Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

Does the educational track (technical or professional, as opposed to general) provide individuals with networks that are useful in the labor market? And how do these networks help? In this paper, we consider the effect of the educational track on the means by which individuals find employment, the time it takes to find their first stable job and their earnings once the school-to-work transition is well established. Using data in French school leavers from 1969-1992, we find that the educational track significantly influences the means by which jobs are found, favoring networks in particular, as well as having an independent direct effect on the speed of transition into the labor market and later earnings. We also find that the means by which a job was found significantly affects the time to first job and earnings, and in a way that offsets the direct effect of the educational track on our outcome variables.

Keywords: System, Educational Track, Networks, School-to-work Transition

JEL Classification: J31, J38, J21, J23, I28

Suggested Citation

Margolis, David N. and Simonnet, Veronique, Educational Track, Networks and Labor Market Outcomes (January 2003). IZA Discussion Paper No. 699. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=382822

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