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Earnings effects of adult secondary education in Sweden

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    In Sweden adult secondary education (ASE) has been offered since 1968, but we know little about its labour market effects. ASE offers courses at the compulsory and upper secondary level and is aimed to give adults who lack these types of education. This paper provides the first long-run annual earnings effect of participating in ASE using unique longitudinal individual data, the LINDA database. Controlling for pre-programme annual earnings, the estimates suggest that participating in adult secondary education significantly reduces the earnings of Swedish males with about 3.5 percent compared to non-participants. No effects are found for Swedish females, but the results indicate weakly significant positive effects, about 9 percent, for female immigrants.

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    Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2003:16.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: 09 Dec 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2003_016

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    Keywords: Adult education; rate of return; evaluation;

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    1. Zhang, Xuelin Palameta, Boris, 2006. "La poursuite des etudes a l'age adulte et ses repercussions sur les gains au Canada," Direction des etudes analytiques : documents de recherche 2006276f, Statistics Canada, Direction des etudes analytiques.
    2. Zhang, Xuelin Palameta, Boris, 2006. "Participation in Adult Schooling and Its Earnings Impact in Canada," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2006276e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.

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