A new GLO Discussion Paper finds in line with the literature on vocational education programs that internship experience has a positive effect on labor market outcomes.
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GLO Discussion Paper No. 425, 2019
The Impact of Internship Experience During Secondary Education on Schooling and Labour Market Outcomes – Download PDF
by Neyt, Brecht & Verhaest, Dieter & Baert, Stijn
GLO Fellows Dieter Verhaest & Stijn Baert
Author Abstract: The literature on workplace learning in secondary education has mainly focused on vocational education programs. In this study, we examine the impact of internship experience in secondary education on a student’s schooling and early labor market outcomes, by analyzing unique, longitudinal data from Belgium. To control for unobserved heterogeneity, we model sequential outcomes by means of a dynamic discrete choice model. In line with the literature on vocational education programs, we find that internship experience has a positive effect on labor market outcomes that diminishes over time, although within the time window of our study, we find no evidence for a null or negative effect over time.
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