Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26593
Authors: 
Messer, Dolores
Wolter, Stefan C.
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2548
Abstract: 
This paper presents the results of a randomized experiment analyzing the use of vouchers for adult training. In 2006, 2,400 people were issued with a training voucher which they were entitled to use in payment for a training course of their choice. User behavior was compared with a control group of 14,000 people. People in the treatment and in the control group were not aware at any time that they were part of an experiment. The experiment shows that the voucher had a significant causal impact on participation in training modules. Nevertheless, the increase was partially offset by a deadweight loss in excess of fifty percent.
Subjects: 
Field experiment
voucher
adult education
training
Switzerland
JEL: 
C93
I22
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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