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The Aggregate Labour Market Effects of the Swedish Knowledge Lift Program

Gerard van den Berg, James Albrecht () and Susan Vroman ()

No 5927, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: The Swedish adult education program known as the Knowledge Lift (1997--2002) was unprecedented in its size and scope, aiming to raise the skill level of large numbers of low-skill workers. This paper evaluates the potential effects of this program on aggregate labour market outcomes. This is done by calibrating an equilibrium search model with heterogeneous worker skills using pre-program data and then forecasting the program impacts. We compare the forecasts to observed aggregate labour market outcomes after termination of the program.

Keywords: Job search; Returns to education; Program evaluation; Wages; Unemployment; Swedish labour market; Calibration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 D83 J21 J24 J31 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-eec, nep-for, nep-hrm, nep-lab, nep-ltv and nep-ppm
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