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Income Effects from Labor Market Training Programs in Sweden During the 80’s and 90’s

  • Andrén, Thomas

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Gustafsson, Björn

    ()

    (Department of Social Work, Göteborg University)

Swedish labor market programs appear large from an international perspective, yet their consequences are not fully investigated and understood. In this paper we estimate a switching regression model with training effect modeled as a random coefficient, partitioned in an observed and unobserved component. We investigate labor market training for three cohorts during the 80s and the beginning of the 90s on its effect on earnings. We separate the analysis between Swedish-born and foreign-born individuals to identify differences in their responses to training. The results indicate that there is positive sorting into training. We find that the proportion of trainees having positive rewards from training was not very different from the proportion having negative rewards. This means that the results do not support the view that from efficiency considerations, too few persons were enrolled in labor market training during this period. Differences in results across cohorts can be interpreted as being caused by rapid changes in the labor market. Further, consistent with results from several previous studies we find that being young often means no positive pay-off from training, and the same is found for persons with only primary education. In conflict with what earlier studies have shown, we found that males have a better pay-off from training than females. Rewards from training were higher for foreign-born than for natives and rewards among the former vary by place of birth.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 81.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 30 Sep 2002
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Publication status: Forthcoming in International Journal of Manpower.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0081
Contact details of provider: Postal: Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Box 640, SE 405 30 GÖTEBORG, Sweden
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