Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125033
Authors: 
Coelli, Michael
Tabasso, Domenico
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9509
Abstract: 
We investigate the labour market determinants and outcomes of adult participation in formal education (lifelong learning) in Australia, a country with high levels of adult education. Employing longitudinal data and fixed effects methods allows identification of effects on outcomes free of ability bias. Different trends in outcomes across groups are also allowed for. The impacts of adult education differ by gender and level of study, with small or zero labour market returns in many cases. Wage rates only increase for males undertaking university studies. For men, vocational education and training (VET) lead to higher job satisfaction and fewer weekly hours. For women, VET is linked to higher levels of satisfaction with employment opportunities and higher employment probabilities.
Subjects: 
adult education
lifelong learning
vocational studies
returns to education
JEL: 
J24
J28
I23
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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