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Labor Market Effects of Adult Education Vouchers: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

  • Dolores Messer

    (University of Bern, Switzerland)

  • Guido Schwerdt

    ()

    (Ifo Institute for Economic Research and CESifo, Munich, Germany)

  • Ludger Woessmann

    ()

    (University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research, CESifo)

  • Stefan C. Wolter

    ()

    (Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education, University of Bern, CESifo, IZA; University of Bern, Centre for Research in Economics of Education,)

Lifelong learning is often promoted in ageing societies, but little is known about its returns or governmentsÕ ability to advance it. This paper evaluates the effects of a large-scale randomized field experiment issuing vouchers for adult education in Switzerland. We find no significant average effects of voucher-induced adult education on earnings, employment, and subsequent education one year after treatment. But effects are heterogeneous: Low-education individuals are most likely to profit from adult education, but least likely to use the voucher. The findings cast doubt on the effectiveness of existing unrestricted voucher programs in promoting labor market outcomes through adult education.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0094.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Publication status: published
Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0094
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