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Counselling and Monitoring of Unemployed Workers: Theory and Evidence from a Controlled Social Experiment

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  • van den Berg, Gerard J
  • van der Klaauw, Bas

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We investigate the effect of counselling and monitoring on the individual employment transition rate. We theoretically analyse these policies in a job search model with two search channels and endogenous search effort. In the empirical analysis we use unique administrative and survey data concerning a social experiment with full randomization and compliance. The results show that counselling and monitoring do not affect the work exit rate. Monitoring causes a shift from informal to formal job searching. We combine our empirical results with the results from our theoretical analysis and the existing empirical literature to establish a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of these policies.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2986.

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Date of creation: Oct 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2986

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Keywords: active labour market policy; multi-tasking; randomized social experiment; search channels; search effort; treatment; unemployment duration;

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