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Program Applicants as a Comparison Group in Evaluating Training Programs: Theory and a Test

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  • Stephen H. Bell

    (Abt Associates)

  • Larry l. Orr

    (Abt Associates)

  • John D. Blomquist

    (Abt Associates)

  • Glen G. Cain

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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    Abstract

    The authors begin with a thorough assessment of the many nonexperimental employment and training program evaluation techniques based on non-random comparison groups. These techniques typically use econometric methods to estimate the effects of employment and training programs by using comparison groups from non-program "external" sources. Then, recognizing the inherent drawbacks in these methods, Bell, Orr, Blomquist and Cain respond by reintroducing an evaluation method first implemented in the 1960s, the use of "internal" comparison groups consisting of nonparticipating program applicants.

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    This book is provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in its series Books from Upjohn Press with number pacg and published in 1995.

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    1. Lundin, Martin & Skedinger, Per, 2006. "Decentralisation of active labour market policy: The case of Swedish local employment service committees," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(4-5), pages 775-798, May.
    2. Matias Busso & Jesse Gregory & Patrick M. Kline, 2010. "Assessing the Incidence and Efficiency of a Prominent Place Based Policy," NBER Working Papers 16096, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Katja Görlitz, 2010. "Continuous Training and Wages – An Empirical Analysis Using a Comparison-group Approach," Ruhr Economic Papers 0197, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
    4. Monica Andini & Guido de Blasio, 2012. "Local Development that Money Can’t Buy: Italy’s Contratti di Programma," ERSA conference papers ersa12p464, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Begoña Cueto & F. Mato, 2009. "A nonexperimental evaluation of training programmes: regional evidence for Spain," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 415-433, June.
    6. Monica Andini & Guido de Blasio, 2013. "Local development that money can’t buy: Italy’s Contratti di Programma," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 915, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    7. Eichler, Martin & Lechner, Michael, 1996. "Public Sector Sponsored Continuous Vocational Training in East Germany : Institutional Arrangements, Participants, and Results of Empirical Evaluations," Discussion Papers 549, Institut fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre und Statistik, Abteilung fuer Volkswirtschaftslehre.
    8. Elena Ragazzi & Lisa Sella, 2013. "The effectiveness of vocational training policies: methods for an impact evaluation," CERIS Working Paper 201314, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO).
    9. Elena Ragazzi & Lisa Sella, 2013. "Migration and work: the cohesive role of vocational training policies," CERIS Working Paper 201316, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO).
    10. Elena Ragazzi & Lisa Sella, 2013. "Una valutazione di impatto delle politiche formative regionali: il caso piemontese," CERIS Working Paper 201315, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO).
    11. Michael Lechner, 2000. "An Evaluation of Public-Sector-Sponsored Continuous Vocational Training Programs in East Germany," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 35(2), pages 347-375.
    12. Fitzgerald, Joan & Rasheed, Janice Matthews, 1998. "Salvaging an evaluation from the swampy lowland," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 199-209, May.
    13. Edwin Leuven & Hessel Oosterbeek, 2008. "An alternative approach to estimate the wage returns to private-sector training," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(4), pages 423-434.
    14. Schmid, Günther & Schömann, Klaus & Schütz, Holger, 1997. "Evaluierung und Arbeitsmarktpolitik: Eine analytischer Bezugsrahmen am Beispiel des arbeitsmarktpolitischen Rahmenprogramms in Berlin," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment FS I 97-204, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
    15. Edwin Leuven & Hessel Oosterbeek, 2002. "A New Approach to estimate the Wage Returns to Work-related Training," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-091/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    16. Arild Aakvik & James J. Heckman & Edward J. Vytlacil, 2000. "Treatment Effects for Discrete Outcomes when Responses to Treatment Vary Among Observationally Identical Persons: An Application to Norwegian ..," NBER Technical Working Papers 0262, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    17. Cansino Muñoz-Repiso, José Manuel & Sánchez Braza, Antonio, 2011. "Effectiveness of Public Training Programs Reducing the Time Needed to Find a Job/Eficacia de los programas públicos de formación en la reducción del tiempo necesario para encontrar un empleo," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 29, pages 391 (26 pá, Abril.

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