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Teenage truancy, part-time working and wages

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  • Christian Dustmann

    (University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK)

  • Najma Rajah

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 6AE, UK)

  • Stephen Smith

    (University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK)

Abstract

Part-time work whilst still in full-time education is common in many industrialized countries, and teenagers constitute a significant component of the work force in some sectors of the labour market. In Britain, in the early 1990`s, some 60% of 16-18 year olds still in full time education also worked part-time. Although the determinants of teenager participation in the labour market have been studied previously (both in the United States and the United Kingdom), there remain a number of neglected questions. We address some of these in this paper, basing our analysis on data taken from the UK National Child Development Study. We first examine how teenagers divide their time between working and studying. We further analyse what explains teenage wages and labour supply. We utilise a rich set of variables describing parental background, as well as parents` labour force status and draw on information on physical stature to explain variations in wages. JEL classification: I20, J20, J31

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 10 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 425-442

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:10:y:1997:i:4:p:425-442

Note: Received March 26, 1996/Accepted May 16, 1997
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Keywords: Teenage labour supply · educational attainment · teenage wages;

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  1. Kevin Denny, 2004. "Born to be wild? The Effect of Birth Order, Families and Schools on Truancy," Working Papers 200421, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  2. Ambrose Leung, 2004. "Delinquency, schooling, and work: time allocation decision of youth," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(9), pages 987-993.
  3. Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2000. "The Role of the Family in Determining Youth Employment," JCPR Working Papers 151, Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research.
  4. John Hobcraft, 2000. "The Roles of Schooling and Educational Qualifications in the Emergence of Adult Social Exclusion," CASE Papers case43, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
  5. Kalenkoski, Charlene Marie & Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, 2004. "Parental Transfers, Student Achievement, and the Labor Supply of College Students," Working Papers 374, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  6. Simon Burgess & Karen Gardiner & Carol Propper, 2002. "The economic determinants of truancy," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 6379, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  7. Kooreman, Peter, 2005. "The Persistent Segregation of Girls into Lower-Paying Jobs while in School," IZA Discussion Papers 1535, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Kooreman, Peter, 2009. "The early inception of labor market gender differences," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 135-139, April.
  9. Amy Peng & Ling Yang, 2009. "The Decision of Work and Study and Employment Outcomes," Working Papers 014, Ryerson University, Department of Economics.

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