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Journal Article

Access and returns to unpaid graduate work experience

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Publication date

24 May 2021

Summary

We use longitudinal data on graduates from UK universities to evaluate whether unpaid work experience is a stepping stone into paid or stable employment. We document the characteristics and occupations of recent graduates taking unpaid work experience and then use propensity score matching to estimate the treatment effect of unpaid work experience on outcomes 3.5 years after graduation. We find negative treatment effects compared with initially being in paid work, on annual salary (£2900), job security and attainment of a professional occupation (both 9% pts). We find no evidence of a benefit to salary or job attributes compared with initially being out of the labour force.

Published in

Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/labr.12196

ISSN

16

Subjects

Human Capital, Labour Market, Wages And Earnings, Social Stratification, and Higher Education

Notes

Open Access; Online Early; This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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