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Estimation in a Duration Model for Evaluating Educational Programs

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  • Brännäs, Kurt

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    (Umeå University)

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The paper proposes two estimation approaches for duration models that are subject to right censored observations and selection effects. Main focus is on accelerated duration models and the estimators that are of the limited information type, i.e. they are not based on a fully specified selection model. The estimators are instrumental variable adaptations to the Powell symmetrically trimmed least squares and the Buckley-James estimators for right censored data. In a small Monte Carlo study they are found to perform well. Empirical results are presented for total time outside the unemployment state for participants in the Swedish Adult Education Initiative and labour market training. The latter ones are included as controls and are found to have significantly longer times outside the unemployment state. There are strong indications of selection effects.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 103.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2000
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp103

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Keywords: Buckley-James; Powell; censoring; selection; instrumental variable; adult education initiative;

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  1. Richardson, Katarina & van den Berg, Gerard J, 2008. "Duration dependence versus unobserved heterogeneity in treatment effects: Swedish labor market training and the transition rate to employment," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2008:7, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  2. Hujer, Reinhard & Wellner, Marc, 2000. "Berufliche Weiterbildung und individuelle Arbeitslosigkeitsdauer in West- und Ostdeutschland : eine mikroökonometrische Analyse (Further vocational training and individual duration ofunemployment in w," Mitteilungen aus der Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany], vol. 33(3), pages 405-420.
  3. Stenberg, Anders, 2002. "Comprehensive Education for the Unemployed - Evaluating the Effectson Unemployment of the Adult Education Initiative in Sweden (Kunskapslyftet)(Kunskapslyftet)," Umeå Economic Studies 579, Umeå University, Department of Economics, revised 07 May 2003.
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  5. Richardson, Katarina & van den Berg, Gerard J, 2006. "Swedish Labour Market Training and the Duration of Unemployment," CEPR Discussion Papers 5895, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Rabe, Birgitta, 2000. "Wirkungen aktiver Arbeitsmarktpolitik: Evaluierungsergebnisse für Deutschland, Schweden, Dänemark und die Niederlande," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment FS I 00-208, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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