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The Impact on Annual Earnings of Adult Upper Secondary Education in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Lifelong Education, ISSN 0260-1370, E-ISSN 1464-519X, Vol. 29, no 3, 303-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The public supply of adult education is very differ­ent between countries, making it likely that there is scope for effi­ciency gains. The contribution of this paper is to provide an economic evaluation of the earnings im­pact of adult edu­cation at upper secondary level (AE) in Sweden, where the supply is plausibly larger than in any other country. The analysis is based on register data 1990-2002 of the co­hort born in 1970 on accomplished AE course credits and possibly subse­quent higher education. Difference-in-differences esti­mates indicate that for AE enrollees in 1994-96, a year of AE credits increases earnings in 2002 by 6 % for males and by 4.5 % for females. The estimates are reconciled with conflicting results from earlier studies. According to crude calculations, which disregard other societal benefits of AE, the earnings benefits are sufficient to cover the costs incurred by the society within 17 years.

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Routledge , 2010. Vol. 29, no 3, 303-321 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38750DOI: 10.1080/02601371003700600OAI: diva2:314371
Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2010-11-04Bibliographically approved

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