October 2006

IZA DP No. 2385: The Aggregate Labor Market Effects of the Swedish Knowledge Lift Program

published in: Review of Economic Dynamics, 2009, 12(1), 129-146

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 labor 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 labor market outcomes after termination of the program.