The Aggregate Labour Market Effects of the Swedish Knowledge Lift Program

27 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2006

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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: November 2006

Abstract

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 labour 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 labour market outcomes after termination of the program.

Keywords: Job search, returns to education, program evaluation, wages, unemployment, Swedish labour market, calibration

JEL Classification: C31, D83, J21, J24, J31, J64

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, James W. and van den Berg, Gerard J. and Vroman, Susan B., The Aggregate Labour Market Effects of the Swedish Knowledge Lift Program (November 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5927. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954166

James W. Albrecht

Georgetown University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Susan B. Vroman

Georgetown University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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