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"The Impact of Working while Enrolled in College on Wages"

Wade Nelson, Owen Wade Nelson Jr (2013): "The Impact of Working while Enrolled in College on Wages".


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Those students who work while enrolled in college are investing in their human capital, and therefore, corporations looking to employ new workers entering the labor market may favor these types of students, and create incentives for non-working students to seek employment. Using NLSY97 data, this paper finds that working while enrolled in college decreases the wages one receives. Therefore, students who are not working while enrolled in school may have higher grades and graduate more frequently on time, causing firms to hire the non-working students more favorably.

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