When injuries disrupt workers’ careers, how can government policy encourage those individuals to find their way back into the labor market? Chicago Booth’s Anders Humlum looked at outcomes in Denmark, where some injured workers receive government support for re-skilling through higher education. He finds that those workers who choose to re-skill end up in new, better-paying jobs, and that those positive outcomes mean the government's financial investment in tuition and income support is repaid several times over. The findings suggest that certain groups of workers, particularly middle-aged workers, would benefit from an expansion of re-skilling opportunities.

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