The Aggregate Labor Market Effects of the Swedish Knowledge Lift Program
Georgetown University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Gerard J. Van den Berg
VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute
Georgetown University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2385
The Swedish adult education program known as the Knowledge Lift (1997-2002) was unprecedented in its size and scope, aiming to raise the skill level of large numbers of low-skill workers. This paper evaluates the potential effects of this program on aggregate labor market outcomes. This is done by calibrating an equilibrium search model with heterogeneous worker skills using pre-program data and then forecasting the program impacts. We compare the forecasts to observed aggregate labor market outcomes after termination of the program.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: job search, returns to education, program evaluation, wages, unemployment, Swedish labor market, calibration
JEL Classification: J21, J64, J31, J24, I21, C31working papers series
Date posted: November 1, 2006
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