Part-Time Work, School Success and School Leaving

Christian Dustmann, Najma Rajah, Arthur H.O. van Soest
1997 Social Science Research Network  
In this paper, we analyse part-time employment of teenagers still in full-time education, their academic performance, and their school leaving decisions. Our estimation strategy takes account of the possible interdependencies of these events and distinguishes between two alternative states to full time education: entering the labour force full time and going on to further training. We model this decision in a flexible way. Our analysis is based on data from the UK National Child Development
more » ... ild Development Study, which has an unusually rich set of variables on school and parental characteristics. Our main finding is that working part time while in full-time education has only small adverse effects on exam performance for females, and no effects for males. The effect of part-time work on the decision to stay on at school is also negative, but small, and marginally significant for males, but not for females. Other important determinants of exam success as well as the continuation decision are parental ambitions about the child's future academic career. Keywords Teenage labour supply · Educational attainment · Training JEL Classification C35 · I20 · J24 We are grateful to Steve Machin and two anonymous referees for useful comments and suggestions.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.40047 fatcat:aaeys7zbwjbh5mktspl4qlvu7e