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Title:From giving birth to paid labor: the effects of adult education for prime-aged mothers PDF Logo
Authors:Bergemann, Annette
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3600
Abstract:Women without work after childbirth are at risk of losing their connection to the labor market. However, they may participate in adult education programs. We analyze the effect of this on the duration to work and on the wage rate, by applying conditional difference-in-differences approaches. We use Swedish matched longitudinal register data sets covering the full population. The Swedish adult education program is unprecedented in its size, and enrollment is universally available at virtually no cost. We focus on low-skilled women who have recently given birth. We take account of program accessibility, selection issues, course heterogeneity, the income received during adult education, parental leave, and child care fees. To understand the enrollment decision from the mothers' point of view, we use the estimates to calibrate a job search model.
Subjects:Evaluation of adult education
job search model
female labor supply
wages
participation
unemployment
schooling
conditional difference-in-differences
JEL:H43
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080723118
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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