Communication à un séminaire :

François Poinas (Ecole Polytechnique), « The Dynamics of Schooling Attainments and Employment Contracts in the Early Career », Department Seminar, TSE, Toulouse, 17 mars 2010, 15:30-17:00, salle Amphi Colloque.
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We investigate the role played by educational attainments on the employment contract transitions in the early career. We estimate a flexible reduced-form dynamic model of education choices and employment contract outcomes of the first two employment spells in the labor market. More precisely, we model the conversion of the first Fixed Term Contract (FTC) into a Permanent Contract (PC), distinguishing between intra and inter-firm transitions and incorporating the possible occurrence of an unemployment spell after the first FTC. We find that accepting a first FTC has a positive impact on the probability of employment in a PC, except for a limited set of the population endowed with particular schooling attainments and unobserved characteristics. Schooling attainments explain one third of the variance in the probability of PC employment at the beginning of the first employment spell. The explanatory power of schooling decreases significantly to explain the probability of conversion of a first long FTC into a PC in the same firm, whereas it remains stable to explain external PC outcomes. These results are consistent with the presence of asymmetric employer learning on young workers’ ability.

Codes JEL

D83 : Search, Learning, and Information
I21 : Analysis of Education
J24 : Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity (Formal Training Programs; On-the-Job Training)
J41 : Contracts: Specific Human Capital, Matching Models, Efficiency Wage Models, and Internal Labor Markets
J62 : Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility