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Does comprehensive education work for the long-term unemployed

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  • Stenberg, Anders
  • Westerlund, Olle

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This paper evaluates the effects of comprehensive adult education on wage earnings of the long-term unemployed, an essentially unexplored issue. We use register data pertaining to a large sample of long-term unemployed persons in Sweden who either enrolled in the comprehensive adult education program, participated in labour market training, or remained in open unemployment. We find that individuals with more than one semester at upper secondary level of the comprehensive adult education program experienced an increase in annual wage earnings compared with those who remained in open unemployment. For those studying at the compulsory level we find no significant effects. The estimated effects were overall negative in relation to vocational labour market training.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 54-67

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  1. Cavaco, Sandra & Fougère, Denis & Pouget, Julien, 2009. "Estimating the Effect of a Retraining Program on the Re-Employment Rate of Displaced Workers," IZA Discussion Papers 4227, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Bergemann, Annette & van den Berg, Gerard J., 2014. "From giving birth to paid labor: the effects of adult education for prime-aged mothers," Working Paper Series 2014:5, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  3. Anders Stenberg, 2007. "Comprehensive education or vocational training for the unemployed?," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 28(1), pages 42 - 61, May.
  4. Henry Ohlsson & Donald Storrie, 2012. "Long-term effects of public policy for displaced workers in Sweden: Shipyard workers in the west and miners in the north," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 33(5), pages 514-538, April.
  5. Stenberg, Anders & Westerlund, Olle, 2014. "The long-term earnings consequences of general vs. specific training of the unemployed," Working Paper Series 2014:3, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  6. Jo Blanden & Franz Buscha & Patrick Sturgis & Peter Urwin, 2010. "Measuring the returns to lifelong learning," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 28282, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  7. Anders Forslund & Alan Krueger, 2010. "Did Active Labor Market Policies Help Sweden Rebound from the Depression of the Early 1990s?," NBER Chapters, in: Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden, pages 159-187 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. de Luna, Xavier & Stenberg, Anders & Westerlund, Olle, 2008. "Can Adult Education Delay Retirement from the Labour Market?," Working Paper Series 6/2008, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  9. Anders Stenberg & Olle Westerlund, 2013. "Education and retirement: does University education at mid-age extend working life?," IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-22, December.
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  12. Jo Blanden & Franz Buscha & Patrick Sturgis & Peter Urwin, 2010. "Measuring the Returns to Lifelong Learning," CEE Discussion Papers 0110, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.

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