Money Matters: Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Field Experiment with Vouchers for Adult Training

35 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2009

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Dolores Messer

University of Bern

Stefan C. Wolter

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF); University of Bern - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a randomized experiment analyzing the use of vouchers for adult training. In 2006, 2,400 people were issued with a training voucher which they were entitled to use in payment for a training course of their choice. User behavior was compared with a control group of 14,000 people. People in the treatment and in the control group were not aware at any time that they were part of an experiment. The experiment shows that the voucher had a significant causal impact on participation in training modules. Nevertheless, the increase was partially offset by a deadweight loss in excess of fifty percent.

Keywords: field experiment, voucher, adult education, training, Switzerland

JEL Classification: C93, I22, J24

Suggested Citation

Messer, Dolores and Wolter, Stefan C., Money Matters: Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Field Experiment with Vouchers for Adult Training. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1351181

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