Erasmus Program and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design

50 Pages Posted: 31 May 2023

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Marco Alberto De Benedetto

University of London - Birkbeck College

Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Janna Smirnova

University of Calabria

Abstract

We study the impact that participation in the Erasmus program produces on a number of labor market outcomes. By implementing a Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design, we show that participating in the international mobility program positively affects the probability of being employed three years after graduation and reduces the time spent to find a job, whereas no significant effect is found on the likelihood of getting a job in line with the qualification acquired. These results are mainly driven by male and STEM graduates. We further investigate potential mechanisms underlying our results and find that spending a period of time studying abroad improves both the proficiency in spoken English and graduates' academic performance, and tends to increase the willingness to move to find a job.

Keywords: international mobility, Erasmus, academic outcomes, employment, Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design

JEL Classification: C26, D04, I23, I26, J00

Suggested Citation

De Benedetto, Marco Alberto and De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo and Smirnova, Janna, Erasmus Program and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design. IZA Discussion Paper No. 16181, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4464594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4464594

Marco Alberto De Benedetto (Contact Author)

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Janna Smirnova

University of Calabria ( email )

Via Pietro Bucci
Rende CS
Italy

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