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Title:Labor Market Effects of Adult Education Vouchers: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Schwerdt, Guido
Messer, Dolores
Wolter, Stefan C.
Wößmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie - Session: Empirical Studies of Education C10-V3
Abstract:Lifelong learning becomes increasingly important in times of population ageing, but little is known about the returns to adult education or the effectiveness of government attempts to promote adult learning. This paper evaluates the effects of a large-scale randomized field experiment with vouchers for adult education. We find no significant average labor market effects of voucher-induced self-financed adult education for compliers, but also find evidence for substantial effect heterogeneity. Overall, these findings cast doubts on the effectiveness of existing, unrestricted voucher programs to promote adult education.
Subjects:Field experiment
voucher
adult education
LATE
Switzerland
JEL:I22
J24
C93
Document Type:Conference Paper
Appears in Collections:Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2010: Ökonomie der Familie

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