Institute of Education


The dynamic effects of working whilst in higher education on education and labour market outcomes

03 March 2020, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

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Centre for Global Higher Education


Room 790
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Professor Stephen Desjardins examines how working whilst in higher education affects the choices and outcomes for students, as well as post-graduation labour market outcomes. 

Using data from a large state university system in the United States, Professor Desjardins examines the effects of student employment whist in higher education on education and labour market outcomes. The longitudinal data follows 13 cohorts of students who joined higher education between 2002 and 2014. 

It includes detailed information such as demographics, academic choices and performance before and during college, financial aid data, degrees awarded, and the hours worked/wages received while employed during and after their studies. 

This approach allows an examination of how working during their studies affects the occurrence and timing of choices (e.g., working, enrolment, intensity of study) and outcomes (e.g., dropping out, graduating), and how these choices affect post-graduation labour market outcomes. The study uses a dynamic modelling approach, as the education and employment choices students make at a particular time may affect subsequent choices and outcomes. 

This study should be of interest to education researchers and policy makers alike.


About the Speaker

Stephen Desjardins

Professor of Education and Professor of Public Policy at University of Michigan

Stephen is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s social and economic impact of higher education research programme. His research interests include student transitions from secondary education to higher education, what happens to students once they enrol in higher education, the economics of postsecondary education, and applying new statistical techniques to the study of these issues.

Professor Desjardins was selected as a 2017 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow for his contribution to education research.