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Earnings of young doctorates in private jobs after participation to post-doctoral programs


  • Isabelle Recotillet

    () (LEST - Laboratoire d'économie et de sociologie du travail - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)


In this paper, we address the question of destination of post-doctorates for young French PhD graduated in exact sciences in 1996. The creation of post-doctoral program was firstly designated to PhD willing to embark on a public career. However, an important part of post-doctorates rather get to the private sector, particularly outside research positions. The question that occurs is that of the value of post-doctoral experience. We propose here to estimate earnings of young doctorates in private jobs had they participated to a post-doctoral program. To control for selection bias arising in the case where unobservable elements are correlated between participation and earnings, we estimate a treatment effect model. The main finding is that when selection bias is not control for, post-doctoral participation increases earnings, however, when controlling for selection bias, there is no more a positive effect of the participation. As regards to this finding we point out that post-doctoral program play much more the role of a signal in the first-stage career. This finding is also strengthened when using a bivariate selection rule. In that case, we also control for the endogenous nature of having been recruited in the private sector.

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  • Isabelle Recotillet, 2004. "Earnings of young doctorates in private jobs after participation to post-doctoral programs," Working Papers halshs-00086000, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:wpaper:halshs-00086000
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    1. Pierre Béret & Jean-François Giret & Isabelle Recotillet, 2003. "Trajectories from public sector of research to private sector : an analysis using french data on young PhD graduates," Post-Print halshs-00006142, HAL.
    2. S. Robin & E. Cahuzac, 2003. "Knocking on Academia's Doors: An Inquiry into the Early Careers of Doctors in Life Sciences," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 17(1), pages 1-23, March.
    3. Mangematin, V., 2000. "PhD job market: professional trajectories and incentives during the PhD," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 741-756, June.
    4. Scott Stern, 1999. "Do Scientists Pay to Be Scientists?," NBER Working Papers 7410, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    5. Pierre Béret & Jean-François Giret & Isabelle Recotillet, 2002. "Etude sur la mobilité des jeunes docteurs," Working Papers halshs-00005800, HAL.
    6. Caroline Lanciano-Morandat & Hiroatsu Nohara, 2002. "Analyse sociétale des marchés du travail des scientifiques," Post-Print halshs-00506015, HAL.
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