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The program and treatment effect of summer jobs on girls’ post-schooling incomes
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Statistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3183-3756
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Statistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2317-9157
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Statistics.
2015 (English)In: Evaluation review, ISSN 0193-841X, E-ISSN 1552-3926, Vol. 39, no 3, 339-359 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Public programs offering summer jobs to smooth the transition from school to work is commonplace. However, the empirical support for summer jobs is limited. This article exploits the availability of registered individual information and random allocation to summer jobs to provide empirical evidence on this issue. 

Objectives: To identify the effect of summer job programs on the post-schooling incomes of the intended participants. Also to identify the effect of sophomore girls' high school work experience on their post-schooling incomes. 

Research design: In this article, 1,447 sophomore girls from 1997 to 2003 are followed 5-12 years after graduation. They all applied to Falun municipality's (Sweden) summer job program, and about 25% of them were randomly allotted a job. The random allocation to a summer job is used to identify the causal effect of sophomore girls' high school income on their post-schooling incomes. 

Subjects: All the 1,447 sophomore girls who applied to Falun municipality's summer job program during 1997-2003. 

Measures: Annual post-schooling income is used as an outcome measure. The work experience of girls in high school is also measured in terms of total income while in high school. 

Results: The program led to a substantially larger accumulation of income during high school as well as 19% higher post-schooling incomes. The high school income led to a post-schooling income elasticity of 0.37 which is, however, potentially heterogeneous with regard to academic ability. 

Conclusions: Both the program effect and the causal effect of high school income on post-schooling incomes were substantial and statistically significant.

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2015. Vol. 39, no 3, 339-359 p.
Keyword [en]
experimental data; work experience; work while in school; selection bias
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Work Sciences
Research subject
Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - methods; Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Effektutvärdering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16681DOI: 10.1177/0193841X15571128ISI: 000356017200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16681DiVA: diva2:780151
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-07-13Bibliographically approved

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