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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

    (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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  • Zeynep Erdogan & Joyce P. Jacobsen & Peter Kooreman, 2012. "Do babysitters have more kids? The effects of teenage work experiences on adult outcomes," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2012-005, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
  • 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 20:06:00
    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 22:36:56

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    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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