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Too Bad to Benefit? Effect Heterogeneity of Public Training Programs

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  • Rinne, Ulf

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    (IZA)

  • Schneider, Marc

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Uhlendorff, Arne

    ()
    (University of Mannheim)

Abstract

This study analyzes the treatment effects of public training programs for the unemployed in Germany. Based on propensity score matching methods we extend the picture that has been sketched in previous studies by estimating treatment effects of medium-term programs for different sub-groups with respect to vocational education and age. Our results indicate that program participation has a positive impact on employment probabilities for all sub-groups. Participants also seem to find more often higher paid jobs than non-participants. However, we find only little evidence for the presence of heterogeneous treatment effects, and the magnitude of the differences is quite small. Our results are thus – at least in part – conflicting with the strategy to increasingly provide training to individuals with better employment prospects.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3240.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3240

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Keywords: program evaluation; effect heterogeneity; active labor market policy; public training programs; matching;

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