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Title:Effects of adult education vouchers on the labor market: Evidence from a randomized field experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Schwerdt, Guido
Messer, Dolores
Woessmann, Ludger
Wolter, Stefan C.
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5431
Abstract:Lifelong learning is often promoted in ageing societies, but little is known about its returns or governments' ability to advance it. This paper evaluates the effects of a large-scale randomized field experiment issuing vouchers for adult education in Switzerland. We find no significant average effects of voucher-induced adult education on earnings, employment, and subsequent education one year after treatment. But effects are heterogeneous: Low- education individuals are most likely to profit from adult education, but least likely to use the voucher. The findings cast doubt on the effectiveness of existing untargeted voucher programs in promoting labor market outcomes through adult education.
Subjects:field experiment
voucher
adult education
LATE
Switzerland
JEL:I22
J24
H43
C93
M53
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201104113044
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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