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Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Early Meetings and Activation

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  • Jonas Maibom Pedersen

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Michael Rosholm

    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

  • Michael Svarer

    ()
    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University, Denmark)

Abstract

We analyze the effects of four randomized experiments involving intensive active labour market policy, conducted in Denmark in 2008. The interventions consisted of early and frequent meetings and activation programmes. The effects are remarkable; frequent meetings between newly unemployed workers and case workers increase employment rates over the next two years by 10%. For men, we find evidence of a threat effect of having to participate in early activation programmes. In general, we find large differences between men and women, especially in the dynamics of the effects. A cost-benefit analysis reveals that meetings yield the largest net benefits.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2012-26.

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Length: 47
Date of creation: 08 Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2012-26

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Keywords: Randomized social experiment; treatment effect; active labour market policy; cost-benefit analysis;

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