Does the work-study combination among youth improve the transition path? An updated review

The present brief, following the one issued in November 2015, has attempted to revisit some of the results on the work-study combination of youth, using the new data from the School-to-work- transition surveys carried out in 2014/15. The main result found in the previous brief, namely that working while studied increased the probability of a successful transition, is confirmed using the new round of data.

A technical brief on the issue of the work-study combination and its consequences on the school-to-work transition for youth was issued in November 2015. Between 2014 and 2016, the ILO implemented additional surveys in 25 countries, this time using a revised questionnaire to allow for the identification of all economic activities regardless of the date of school graduation. In this round it is now possible to identify the work-study combination in the individuals’ labour market history. The purpose of this technical brief is twofold: firstly, it aims to analyse the work-study combination in relationship to the labour market outcomes of youth using the pathways grid of the SWTS and see if the results support those reported in the previous analysis of the 2012/13 surveys. Secondly, it aims to utilize the new datasets to explore the possible heterogeneity of benefits across a number of sub-populations, distinguishing alternate types of combinations.