Pathways into work: Short- and long-term effects of personal and institutional ties

James E. Rosenbaum*, Stefanie DeLuca, Shazia R. Miller, Kevin Roy

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Although youths are often confined in jobs that allow minimal gains in earnings, the authors used quantitative data to examine whether any kinds of job contact allow youths to get jobs that lead to later higher earnings and use qualitative data to illustrate school job contacts and the ways they can help disadvantaged groups. Analyzing data from High School and Beyond, the authors found that most types of contacts have little effect on early earnings, but relatives and school contacts place students in jobs that lead to higher earnings nine years later (at age 28). Black, young women, and high-achieving youths less often get their jobs from realtives but more often get jobs through school contacts. The findings indicate the theoretical importance of social contacts and previously overlooked ways that high schools improve the work-entry process for youths, especially blacks and females.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-196
Number of pages18
JournalSociology of Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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