More than 36,000 students and post-docs will be involved in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) until 2025. Do they expect that their learning experience will have an impact on their professional future? By drawing from earlier salary expectations literature, this paper proposes a framework aiming at explaining the professional expectations of early career researchers (ECR) at the LHC. The model is tested by data from a survey involving 318 current and former students (now employed in different jobs) at LHC. Results from different ordered logistic models suggest that experiential learning at LHC positively correlates with both current and former students’ salary expectations. At least two not mutually exclusive explanations underlie such a relationship. First, the training at LHC gives early career researchers valuable expertise, which in turn affects salary expectations; secondly, respondents recognise that the LHC research experience per se may act as signal in the labour market. Respondents put a price tag on their experience at LHC, a ‘salary premium’ ranging from 5% to 11% in terms of their future salaries compared with what they would have expected without such experience.

A professional premium for LHC students: perceptions from within / T. Camporesi, G. Catalano, M. Florio, F. Giffoni. - [s.l] : IOP Science, 2016. (WORKING PAPER SERIES / DIPARTIMENTO DI ECONOMIA POLITICA E AZIENDALE, UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO)

A professional premium for LHC students: perceptions from within

G. Catalano;M. Florio;
2016

Abstract

More than 36,000 students and post-docs will be involved in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) until 2025. Do they expect that their learning experience will have an impact on their professional future? By drawing from earlier salary expectations literature, this paper proposes a framework aiming at explaining the professional expectations of early career researchers (ECR) at the LHC. The model is tested by data from a survey involving 318 current and former students (now employed in different jobs) at LHC. Results from different ordered logistic models suggest that experiential learning at LHC positively correlates with both current and former students’ salary expectations. At least two not mutually exclusive explanations underlie such a relationship. First, the training at LHC gives early career researchers valuable expertise, which in turn affects salary expectations; secondly, respondents recognise that the LHC research experience per se may act as signal in the labour market. Respondents put a price tag on their experience at LHC, a ‘salary premium’ ranging from 5% to 11% in terms of their future salaries compared with what they would have expected without such experience.
Research infrastructures; Cost-Benefit Analysis; Human Capital; Expectations; Salary Premium; Large Hadron Collide
Settore SECS-P/03 - Scienza delle Finanze
Working Paper
A professional premium for LHC students: perceptions from within / T. Camporesi, G. Catalano, M. Florio, F. Giffoni. - [s.l] : IOP Science, 2016. (WORKING PAPER SERIES / DIPARTIMENTO DI ECONOMIA POLITICA E AZIENDALE, UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO)
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