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Activating unemployed workers works; Experimental evidence from Denmark

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  • Graversen, Brian Krogh
  • van Ours, Jan C.
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    In a field experiment in two Danish counties about half of the unemployed workers were randomly assigned to a mandatory activation program. Analyzing data from this experiment we show that activation can be very effective in reducing unemployment durations.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 100 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 308-310

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:2:p:308-310

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    1. Dolton, Peter & O'Neill, Donal, 1996. "Unemployment Duration and the Restart Effect: Some Experimental Evidence," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 106(435), pages 387-400, March.
    2. Daniel H. Klepinger & Terry R. Johnson & Jutta M. Joesch, 2002. "Effects of unemployment insurance work-search requirements: The Maryland experiment," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 56(1), pages 3-22, October.
    3. Dan A. Black & Jeffrey A. Smith & Mark C. Berger & Brett J. Noel, 2003. "Is the Threat of Reemployment Services More Effective Than the Services Themselves? Evidence from Random Assignment in the UI System," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(4), pages 1313-1327, September.
    4. Graversen, Brian Krogh & van Ours, Jan C., 2006. "How to Help Unemployed Find Jobs Quickly: Experimental Evidence from a Mandatory Activation Program," IZA Discussion Papers 2504, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Graversen, B.K. & Ours, J.C. van, 2006. "How to Help Unemployed Find Jobs Quickly: Experimental Evidence from a Mandatory Activation Program," Discussion Paper 2006-126, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
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    1. Vikström, Johan & Rosholm, Michael & Svarer, Michael, 2013. "The effectiveness of active labor market policies: Evidence from a social experiment using non-parametric bounds," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 58-67.
    2. Maibom Pedersen, Jonas & Rosholm, Michael & Svarer, Michael, 2012. "Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Early Meetings and Activation," IZA Discussion Papers 6970, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Krogh Graversen, Brian & van Ours, Jan C., 2009. "How a Mandatory Activation Program Reduces Unemployment Durations; the Effects of Distance," CEPR Discussion Papers 7233, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Sylvie Blasco & Barbara Pertold-Gebicka, 2012. "Employment Policies, Hiring Practices and Firm Performance," Working Papers 2012-27, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
    5. Graversen, Brian Krogh & van Ours, Jan C., 2009. "How a Mandatory Activation Program Reduces Unemployment Durations: The Effects of Distance," IZA Discussion Papers 4079, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    6. Emin Gahramanov & Xueli Tang, 2014. "Career Interruptions: A Neglected Aspect of a Neoclassical Model," Economics Series 2014_1, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
    7. Graversen, B.K. & Ours, J.C. van, 2009. "How a Mandatory Activation Program Reduces Unemployment Durations: The Effects of Distance," Discussion Paper 2009-18, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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