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The long-term earnings consequences of general vs. specific training of the unemployed
SOFI, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden; Linneaus University, Växjö/Kalmar, Sweden; IZA, Bonn, Germany. (SOFI)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). (Economic Policy Network / ALC)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2958-5615
2015 (English)In: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, E-ISSN 2193-9012, Vol. 4, no 22, 1-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Training programs for the unemployed typically involve training specific skills in demand amongst employers. In 1997, Swedish unemployed could also choose general schooling at the upper secondary level. This offers a unique opportunity to assess the theoretically ambiguous long-term relative earnings of general vs. specific training for unemployed. Analyzing detailed administrative data 1990–2010, we find 1) that specific training is associated with higher earnings in the short run, 2) that earnings converge 5–7 years post program and 3) that individuals act on their comparative advantages. When we extrapolate our estimates to life-time earnings, there is overall a relative advantage of specific training. However, for females with limited prior education, we find a relative life-time earnings advantage of general training.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 4, no 22, 1-26 p.
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Active labor market programs, Adult education, Vocational training, Earnings
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-111657DOI: 10.1186/s40174-015-0047-9OAI: diva2:872555
Ageing and Living Conditions
Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU)
Available from: 2015-11-19 Created: 2015-11-19 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved

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