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How to Help Unemployed Find Jobs Quickly: Experimental Evidence from a Mandatory Activation Program

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  • Graversen, Brian Krogh

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    (SFI - Danish National Centre for Social Research)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

Abstract

This paper investigates how a mandatory activation program in Denmark affects the job finding rate of unemployed workers. The activation program was introduced in an experimental setting where about half of the workers who became unemployed in the period from November 2005 to March 2006 were randomly assigned to the program while the other half was not. It appears that the activation program is very effective. The median unemployment duration of the control group is 14 weeks, while it is 11.5 weeks for the treatment group. The analysis shows that the job finding rate in the treatment group is 30% higher than in the control group. This result is mainly driven by the more intensive contacts between the unemployed and the public employment service.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2504.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2008, 92 (10-11), 2020-2035
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2504

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  1. Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frˆlich & Michael Lechner, 2010. "Unemployed and their caseworkers: should they be friends or foes?," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 173(1), pages 67-92.
  2. Torben Andersen & Michael Svarer, 2007. "Flexicurity – Labour Market Performance in Denmark," CESifo Working Paper Series 2108, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Micklewright, John & Nagy, Gyula, 2008. "Job Search Monitoring and Unemployment Duration: Evidence from a Randomised Control Trial," CEPR Discussion Papers 6711, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Graversen, Brian Krogh & van Ours, Jan C., 2008. "Activating unemployed workers works; Experimental evidence from Denmark," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 100(2), pages 308-310, August.

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