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To find or not to find a first “significant” job


  • Cecilia Albert verdú

    (Universidad de Alcalá)

  • Luis Toharia Cortés

    (Universidad de Alcalá)

  • María A. Davia Rodríguez

    (Universidad de Castilla La-Mancha)


In this paper we look at school-to-work transitions in Spain. We distinguish between significant and non-significant jobs and show that educational investment enhances access to a first significant job compared to a non-significant one. We also find strong differences between men and women: education attainment provides a clearer differentiating device for women than for men, whatever field of education females choose. These results are tested and confirmed by a multinomial probit model of the probability of achieving both significant and non-significant jobs and by a discrete time duration model of the probability of achieving a significant job.

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  • Cecilia Albert verdú & Luis Toharia Cortés & María A. Davia Rodríguez, 2008. "To find or not to find a first “significant” job," Revista de Economia Aplicada, Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Estructura Economica y Economia Publica, vol. 16(1), pages 37-59, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rev:reveca:v:16:y:2008:i:1:p:37-59

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    2. Dolores Garcia Crespo & María Isabel Aguilar Ramos & Beatriz Rodríguez-Prado & Helena Corrales Herrero, 2010. "Formación profesional y acceso al empleo de calidad en España," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 5,in: María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Gregorio Gim (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5, edition 1, volume 5, chapter 45, pages 891-914 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.
    3. GÓMEZ , Nuria & TOBARRA, María-Ángeles & LÓPEZ, Luis-Antonio, 2014. "Employment Opportunities In Spain: Gender Differences By Education And Ict Usage," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(3), pages 105-130.
    4. Juan Francisco Canal Domínguez & César Rodríguez Gutiérrez, 2016. "Doctoral training and labour market needs. Evidence in Spain," Research Evaluation, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(1), pages 79-93.

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    School-to-work transition; job search; youth labour market;

    JEL classification:

    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J60 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - General


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