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Bénévolat et accès à l'emploi. Les enseignements d'une expérience contrôlée


  • Jonathan Bougard
  • Thomas Brodaty
  • Céline Emond
  • Yannick L’Horty
  • Loïc du Parquet
  • Pascale Petit


This study assesses the effect of volunteering during university studies on job access in the Paris region for young qualified job applicants. The study was performed on experimental data using correspondence testing : between April and July 2010, we sent 7,553 applications in response to 581 job offers. Four occupations were examined in banking and it sectors. For each of these occupations, we built 13 fictitious cv of job applicants similar in all characteristics, except for a significant activity during their studies, volunteering or having a paid-job. Within each profession, the fictitious applicants have essentially the same chances of getting a job interview. When a difference occurs, it is unfavorable to the volunteer. Neither an investment in human capital nor a signaling effect seem to be taken into account by employers when accessing labor market. Classification JEL : C93, L3, J24

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  • Jonathan Bougard & Thomas Brodaty & Céline Emond & Yannick L’Horty & Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2014. "Bénévolat et accès à l'emploi. Les enseignements d'une expérience contrôlée," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 65(1), pages 47-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_651_0047

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    Cited by:

    1. Pascale Petit, 2015. "L’insertion professionnelle des jeunes : l’apport des expériences contrôlées," Erudite HDR / Erudite Accreditation to supervise Ph.D., Erudite, number hd15-01 edited by Yannick L’Horty.
    2. Florent Fremigacci & Rémi Le Gall & Yannick l'Horty & Pascale Petit, 2016. "Le conformisme des recruteurs : une expérience contrôlée," Working Papers halshs-01374419, HAL.
    3. Loïc du Parquet & Pascale Petit, 2019. "Discrimination à l’embauche : Ce que nous apprennent deux décennies de testings en France," TEPP Research Report 2019-01, TEPP.

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    JEL classification:

    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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