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From Giving Birth to Paid Labor: The Effects of Adult Education for Prime-Aged Mothers

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  • Bergemann, Annette

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    (University of Mannheim)

  • van den Berg, Gerard J.

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    (University of Mannheim)

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Women without work after childbirth are at risk of losing their connection to the labor market. However, they may participate in adult education programs. We analyze the effect of this on the duration to work and on the wage rate, by applying conditional difference-in-differences approaches. We use Swedish matched longitudinal register data sets covering the full population. The Swedish adult education program is unprecedented in its size, and enrollment is universally available at virtually no cost. We focus on low-skilled women who have recently given birth. We take account of program accessibility, selection issues, course heterogeneity, the income received during adult education, parental leave, and child care fees. To understand the enrollment decision from the mothers' point of view, we use the estimates to calibrate a job search model.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3600.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Keywords: evaluation of adult education; job search model; female labor supply; wages; participation; unemployment; schooling; conditional difference-in-differences;

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  1. Schulte-Braucks, Philipp, 2013. "Von Schweden lernen: Weiterbildung gering Qualifizierter im Rahmen der kommunalen Erwachsenenbildung (Komvux)," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Skill Formation and Labor Markets SP I 2013-502, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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