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dc.contributor.authorJacobson, Louisen_US
dc.contributor.authorLaLonde, Roberten_US
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Daniel G.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:12:45Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:12:45Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20252-
dc.description.abstractStudies show that high-tenure displaced workers typically incur substantial long-term earnings losses. As these losses have become increasingly apparent, policy makers have significantly expanded resources for retraining, much of which takes place in regular community college classes. To analyze the effectiveness of such training, we link administrative earnings records with the community college transcript records of workers displaced from jobs during the first half of the 1990s in Washington State. We explore several issues of statistical specification for regression models quantifying the impact of community college credits on earnings. These include (i) how to allow for a transition period immediately after the end of workers? schooling when their earnings may be temporarily depressed, (ii) whether earnings gains are strictly proportional to credits earned, and (iii) how to model worker-specific unobserved heterogeneity. In our preferred specification, we find that the equivalent of an academic year of community college schooling raises the long-term earnings of displaced workers by an average of about 9 percent for men and about 13 percent for women. However, these average returns mask substantial variation in the returns associated with different types of courses. On the one hand, we estimate that an academic year of more technically oriented vocational and academic math and science courses raise earnings by about 14 percent for men and 29 percent for women. On the other hand, we estimate that less technically oriented courses yield very low and possibly zero returns. About one third of the increase in earnings associated with more technically oriented vocational and academic math and science courses is estimated to be due to increases in wage rates, with the remainder attributable to increased hours of work.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 1017en_US
dc.subject.jelJ31en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordunemploymenten_US
dc.subject.keywordtrainingen_US
dc.subject.keywordschoolingen_US
dc.subject.keywordevaluationen_US
dc.subject.stwK√ľndigungen_US
dc.subject.stwWeiterbildungen_US
dc.subject.stwUmschulungen_US
dc.subject.stwBildungsertragen_US
dc.subject.stwWashingtonen_US
dc.subject.stwVereinigte Staatenen_US
dc.titleEstimating the Returns to Community College Schooling for Displaced Workersen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn378960245en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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