The Wider Benefits of Adult Learning: Work-Related Training and Social Capital

86 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2019

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Jens Ruhose

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management

Stephan L. Thomsen

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy Department

Insa Weilage

Leibniz Universität Hannover

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Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We propose a regression-adjusted matched difference-in-differences framework to estimate non-pecuniary returns to adult education. This approach combines kernel matching with entropy balancing to account for selection bias and sorting on gains. Using data from the German SOEP, we evaluate the effect of work-related training, which represents the largest portion of adult education in OECD countries, on individual social capital. Training increases participation in civic, political, and cultural activities while not crowding out social participation. Results are robust against a variety of potentially confounding explanations. These findings imply positive externalities from work-related training over and above the well documented labor market effects.

Keywords: non-pecuniary returns, social capital, work-related training, matched difference-in-differences approach, entropy balancing

JEL Classification: J240, I210, M530

Suggested Citation

Ruhose, Jens and Thomsen, Stephan Lothar and Weilage, Insa, The Wider Benefits of Adult Learning: Work-Related Training and Social Capital (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7268. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338593

Jens Ruhose (Contact Author)

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Faculty of Economics and Management ( email )

Koenigsworther Platz 1
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Stephan Lothar Thomsen

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Economics ( email )

United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy Department ( email )

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Insa Weilage

Leibniz Universität Hannover

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