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Access and Returns to Unpaid Graduate Work Experience

Holford, Angus (2021) 'Access and Returns to Unpaid Graduate Work Experience.' Labour, 35 (3). pp. 348-377. ISSN 1121-7081

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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, 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Unpaid work; Human capital; Job satisfaction; Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 10:44
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:23

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