Evaluating welfare reform under program heterogeneity and alternative measures of success
AbstractThis paper aims at presenting an assessment of welfare reforms under a framework of program heterogeneity and alternative measures of success. We focus on a specific welfare program –Madrid’s Ingreso Madrileño de Integración (IMI)– which comprises heterogeneous subprograms. We test whether work-related subprograms perform better than general activities aimed at improving life skills. We also try to identify which work-related subprogram works best. The availability of a large database of administrative records (over 50,000 spells) matched with a special survey conducted for former welfare recipients makes possible to develop different types of evaluation strategies on the basis of multiple participation states. Our results show that intensive employment activities yield remarkably better results than general work-related schemes or life skills activities. However, increasing work participation does not automatically lift participants out of material hardship.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 186.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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welfare; poverty; program evaluation; multiple treatments.;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-10-09 (All new papers)
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- Behncke, Stefanie & Frölich, Markus & Lechner, Michael, 2007.
"Targeting Labour Market Programmes: Results from a Randomized Experiment,"
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- Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frölich & Michael Lechner, 2007. "Targeting Labour Market Programmes - Results from a Randomized Experiment," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2007 2007-37, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
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