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Does formal education for older workers increase earnings?: evidence based on rich data and long-term follow-up
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2014 (English)In: Labour, ISSN 1121-7081, E-ISSN 1467-9914, Vol. 28, no 2, 163-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Governments in Europe, Canada and the USA have expressed an ambition to stimulate education of older. In this paper, we analyse if there are effects on annual earnings of formal education for participants aged 42–55 at the time of enrolment in 1994–95. The analysis explores longitudinal population register data stretching from 1982 to 2007. The method used is difference-in-differences propensity score matching based on a rich set of covariates, including indicators of health and labor market marginalization. Our findings underline the importance of long follow up periods and imply positive effects for women, especially so for women with children, and no significant average earnings effects for men. These results differ from earlier studies but are stable to several alternative assumptions regarding unobservable characteristics. Data further indicate that the gender gap in our estimates may stem from differences in underlying reasons for enrolment.

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Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2014. Vol. 28, no 2, 163-189 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103094DOI: 10.1111/labr.12030OAI: diva2:715367
Available from: 2014-05-05 Created: 2014-05-05 Last updated: 2014-05-06Bibliographically approved

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