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Do babysitters have more kids? The effects of teenage work experiences on adult outcomes

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  • Zeynep Erdogan

    (Tilburg University)

  • Joyce P. Jacobsen

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    (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

  • Peter Kooreman

    (Tilburg University)

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If the type of work undertaken while young affects either development of human capital or preferences, then early work experiences may have measurable effects on later life outcomes. This paper examines whether or not having a job as a teenager, and whether or not it is a childoriented job, causes differences in labor market behavior among young adults. While the effects we find are complex and sometimes hard to interpret, they suggest that work in 10th grade has a positive causal effect on later labor market outcomes and delays family formation, but to a lesser extent when jobs were child-oriented.

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Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2012-005.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2012-005

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  1. Babysitting and labor market outcomes
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2013-08-07 15:06:00
  2. Do Babysitters Have More Kids? The Effects of Teenage Work Experiences on Adult Outcomes
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2012-10-12 17:36:56

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