Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114062
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Rotsaert, Olivier
Verhaest, Dieter
Omey, Eddy
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9170
Abstract: 
We investigate the impact of student work experience on later hiring chances. To completely rule out potential endogeneity, we present a field experiment in which various forms of student work experience are randomly disclosed by more than 1000 fictitious graduates applying for jobs in Belgium. Theoretical mechanisms are investigated by estimating heterogeneous treatment effects by the relevance and timing of revealed student work experience. We find that neither form of student work experience enhances initial recruitment decisions. For a number of candidate subgroups (by education level and occupation type), even an adverse effect is found.
Subjects: 
student employment
transitions in youth
human capital
signaling
randomised field experiments
JEL: 
J24
I21
D83
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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