Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106272
Authors: 
Bergemann, Annette
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2014:5
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. Adult education shows positive effects for the unemployed with respect to both the employment probability and wages. To explain the actual program participation rate, we model the enrollment decision from the mothers' point of view, using the estimates to calibrate a job search model. We conclude that non-pecuniary factors cause mothers not to enter adult education.
Subjects: 
evaluation of adult education
job search model
female labor supply
wages
participation
unemployment
schooling
conditional difference-in-differences
JEL: 
H43
J68
J64
J24
C14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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