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On the Return to Gaining in-School Work Experiences

Sofie J. Cabus & Carla Haelermans


TIER WP 13/11



Wages are a composite measure of the return to education and the

return to experiences on-the-job. However, work experiences can also be

part of a study curriculum in vocational education and training, as is

the case in the Netherlands. We estimate the return to in-school work

experiences by using Heckman (1979) selection model and Rubin (1974,

2006) matching model. First, we show that both models yield similar and

significant results of +16 percent. Second, we indicate that these models

do not appropriately deal with censored observations in the presence of

an informal market.


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