The Knowledge Lift: The Swedish Adult Education Program that Aimed to Eliminate Low Worker Skill Levels

46 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2005

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James Albrecht

Georgetown University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Susan Vroman

Georgetown University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: February 2005

Abstract

The Swedish adult education program known as the Knowledge Lift is unprecedented in its size and scope, aiming to raise the skill level of all low-skilled workers towards the medium level. This paper evaluates the effects of program participation on individual labor market outcomes, notably employment and annual income, as well as on the labor market equilibrium. For the effects at the individual level, we apply fixed effect methods allowing for treatment effect heterogeneity. The data are based on a number of matched longitudinal administrative data sets covering the full population of Sweden. For the equilibrium effects, we analyze an equilibrium search model with heterogeneous worker skills. This model is calibrated using pre-program observations.

Keywords: returns to education, training, program evaluation, wages, participation, unemployment, schooling, Swedish labor market, selectivity bias, treatment effect

JEL Classification: J24, I28

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, James W. and van den Berg, Gerard J. and Vroman, Susan B., The Knowledge Lift: The Swedish Adult Education Program that Aimed to Eliminate Low Worker Skill Levels (February 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1503. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=673516

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