Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127452
Authors: 
Stenberg, Anders
Westerlund, Olle
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] IZA Journal of European Labor Studies [ISSN:] 2193-9012 [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 4 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 22 [Pages:] 1-26
Abstract: 
Training programs for the unemployed typically involve training specific skills in demand amongst employers. In 1997, Swedish unemployed could also choose general schooling at the upper secondary level. This offers a unique opportunity to assess the theoretically ambiguous long-term relative earnings of general vs. specific training for unemployed. Analyzing detailed administrative data 1990-2010, we find 1) that specific training is associated with higher earnings in the short run, 2) that earnings converge 5-7 years post program and 3) that individuals act on their comparative advantages. When we extrapolate our estimates to life-time earnings, there is overall a relative advantage of specific training. However, for females with limited prior education, we find a relative life-time earnings advantage of general training.
Subjects: 
Active labor market programs
Adult education
Vocational training
Earnings
JEL: 
I21
J62
J68
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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