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Part-time Work, School Success and School Leaving

  • Christian Dustmann

    (University College London)

  • Najma Rajah

    (Institute of Fiscsl Studies)

  • Athur van Soest

    (Tilburg University)

This paper analyses the labour supply decisions of a cohort of 16 year-olds who were born in 1958 in England and Wales. It traces through the effects of part-time employment by teenagers still in full-time education on subsequent academic performance and school leaving decisions within a three equation structural model. Our results show that part-time work, educational attainment and school leaving decisions are all related to each other. Our analysis examines the impact of a wide range of variables on these events. We find, for instance, that class size not only affects exam performance, but has also an impact on school leaving decisions.

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Paper provided by University College London, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 96-19 ISSN 1350-6722.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Apr 1996
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Handle: RePEc:wuk:ucloec:9619
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