Christian Dustmann, Najma Rajah and Stephen Smith (1997): "Teenage truancy, part-time working and wages", Journal of Population Economics, Vol 10, No 4, pp 425-42.


Part-time work whilst still in full-time education is common in many industrialized countries, and teenagers constitute a significant component of the work force in some sectors of the labour market. In Britain in the early 1990s some 60 per cent of 16 - 18 year olds still in full-time education also worked part-time. Although the determinants of teenager participation in the labour market have been studied previously (both in the United States and the United Kingdom), there remain a number of neglected questions. We address some of these in this paper, basing our analysis on data taken from the UK National Child Development Study. We first examine how teenagers divide their time between working and studying. We further analyse what explains teenage wages and labour supply. We utilise a rich set of variables describing parental background, as well as parents' labour force status and draw on information about physical stature to explain variations in wages.