ERIC Number: ED400454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
The Economic Payoffs to Workplace Literacy. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper 93-21.
Although a substantial literature has addressed workplace literacy programs, only two studies have attempted to evaluate rigorously the economic benefits to workplace education. A multivariate model has been suggested that provides evidence about the productivity impacts of participation in a workplace literacy program. The data used in this paper come from two national surveys of individuals--the National Household Education Survey (NHES) and the Current Population Survey (CPS). The two data sources disagree to some extent with respect to their characterizations of the sex and ethnicity of program participants, but agree in regard to the education and household income characteristics. Both data sets show the manufacturing sector is overrepresented and the retail trade and service sector is underrepresented among participants. The majority of NHES respondents indicated that the literacy program included professional development or technical/skilled worker training. About one-third of courses met requirements toward a degree. A little over 40 percent of CPS respondents indicated the training was formal schooling. The largest share of providers for both CPS and NHES were two-year community colleges or technical institutes and about half of attendees reported employers paid, at least partially, for training. Data analyses result in estimates of marginal impacts of 11-17 percent increases in earnings but also show these impacts are not evenly distributed among program participants. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant. Literacy Resource Center.
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.