Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/198035
Authors: 
Van Belle, Eva
Caers, Ralf
Cuypers, Laure
De Couck, Marijke
Neyt, Brecht
Van Borm, Hannah
Baert, Stijn
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 356
Abstract: 
Due to the prevalence and important consequences of student work, the topic has seen an increased interest in the literature. However, to date the focus has been solely on measuring the effect of student employment on later labour market outcomes, relying on signalling theory to explain the observed effects. In the current study, we go beyond measuring the effect of student work and we examine for the first time what exactly is being signalled by student employment. We do this by means of a vignette experiment in which we ask 242 human resource professionals to evaluate a set of five fictitious profiles. Whereas all types of student work signal a better work attitude, a larger social network, a greater sense of responsibility, an increased motivation, and more maturity, only student employment in line with a job candidate’s field of study is a signal of increased human capital and increased trainability.
Subjects: 
Student employment
signalling
hiring chances
vignette study
JEL: 
C91
I21
J22
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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