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Earning While Learning: Labor Market Returns to Student Employment During Tertiary Education

Regula Geel and Uschi Backes-Gellner

No 49, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: We examine how different student employment statuses during tertiary education affect short-term and medium-term labor market returns. We focus on differences between students studying full-time and students studying and working part-time, i.e., ‘earning while learning’. In addition, we distinguish between student employment with and without relation to the study. Using a representative survey of Swiss graduates of tertiary education, we find significant positive labor market returns of ’earning while learning‘, but only for related student employment and not for unrelated student employment. The returns come in the form of lower unemployment risk, shorter job search duration, higher wage effects and greater responsibility. Therefore, student employment with a relation to the study is a complement to formal education and augments skills and knowledge.

Keywords: Student Employment; Part-time Studies; Tertiary Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J31 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2010-02
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