Part-Time Experience and the Transition from School to Work.

by Stephen J. Carroll

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An investigation of the transition from student to jobholder concentrates on three key questions: Where do youths obtain their first full-time jobs? What work experience have they had prior to their entry into full-time employment? What is the impact of a youth's part-time work experience on his choice of and earnings in his first full-time job? Data used in this report are from a 10-year longitudinal file constructed from the Social Security Administration's annual 1 percent work history sample of 15,988 individuals categorized by age, race, and sex. There is no evidence that the part-time experience a youth has had substantively affects his subsequent entry into the full-time labor force. The relationship between a youth's earnings in his first full-time job and the amount of his previous part-time experience is significantly positive, but very small. Further, a youth's total part-time experience has little if any impact on his industrial affiliation in his first full-time job. 82 pp. Bibliog.

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