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Does work experience help to become a medical specialist?

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  • van den Berg, G.
  • Holm, A.
  • van Ours, J.C.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

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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 dataset to investigate whether such work experience increases the probability of becoming junior medical specialist. To deal with se-lectivity, we simultaneously model the transitions from unemployment to trainee, from unemployment to medical assistant, from medical as-sistant to trainee and from medical assistant to unemployment. We find that work experience helps to become a medical specialist.
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  • van den Berg, G. & Holm, A. & van Ours, J.C., 1999. "Does work experience help to become a medical specialist?," Discussion Paper 99.19, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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    1. Jan C. van Ours, 2000. "Do Active Labor Market Policies Help Unemployed Workers to Find and Keep Regular Jobs?," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 289, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.

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    Keywords

    medical care; universities; job search; education; duration analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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