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Does Comprehensive Education Work for the Long-term Unemployed?

  • Stenberg, Anders

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    (SOFI)

  • Westerlund, Olle

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå University)

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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Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 641.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 01 Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0641
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