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Do stepping-stone jobs exist? Early career paths in the medical profession

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  • Gerard J. van den Berg

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    (Department of Economics, Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tinbergen Institute, CEPR, and IFAU-Uppsala)

  • Anders Holm

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    (Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, Linnégade 22, DK-1361 Copenhagen K, Denmark)

  • Jan C. van Ours

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    (CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands, CEPR and IZA)

Abstract

In the Netherlands, students who want to become a medical specialist have to enrol in a training program which is in limited supply. During the search for a position as trainee (or "junior medical specialist"), they may accept a temporary job as a medical assistant. We use a micro data set to investigate whether such work experience increases the probability of becoming junior medical specialist. To deal with selectivity, we simultaneously model the transitions from unemployment to trainee, from unemployment to medical assistant, from medical assistant to trainee and from medical assistant to unemployment. We find that a job as medical assistant helps to become a medical specialist.

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

Volume (Year): 15 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 647-665

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:15:y:2002:i:4:p:647-665

Note: Received: 27 July 2000/Accepted: 31 January 2001
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Keywords: Job search; multivariate duration models; hazard rate; education; university; treatment effect;

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