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  • Bonin, Holger

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    (ZEW Mannheim)

  • Rinne, Ulf

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    (IZA)

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The paper studies the causal impact of participation in an active labor market program – the ‘Beautiful Serbia’ program providing training and temporary work in the construction sector in Serbia and Montenegro – on measures of subjective well-being approximating individual welfare. According to our estimates, the positive impact of this particular program appears much stronger judged by subjective well-being than judged by the immediate labor market effect.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2533.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2533

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Keywords: Serbia and Montenegro; program evaluation; subjective well-being;

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Cited by:
  1. Jovan, Zubovic & Jonel, Subic, 2011. "Reviewing development of active labour market policies and the evaluation techniques," MPRA Paper 35282, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 17 Oct 2011.
  2. Zubović, Jovan & Domazet, Ivana, 2012. "Effectiveness of government interventions at labour markets: the case of women and youth in Serbia," MPRA Paper 44347, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Zubović, Jovan & Simeunović, Ivana, 2012. "On the New Methodology of Cost‐Benefit Analysis of ALMP – The Case of Serbia," MPRA Paper 42532, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Anna McCord, 2008. "Recognising Heterogeneity: A Proposed Typology for Public Works Programmes," SALDRU Working Papers 26, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.

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