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Wages, Productivity, and Work Intensity in the Great Depression

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  • Darby, Julia

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    (University of Strathclyde)

  • Hart, Robert A.

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    (University of Stirling)

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This paper reviews the mains identification and estimation strategies for microeconomic policy evaluation. Particular emphasis is laid on evaluating policies consisting of multiple programmes, which is of high relevance in practice. For example, active labour market policies may consist of different training programmes, employment programmes and wage subsidies. Similarly, sickness rehabilitation policies often offer different vocational as well as non-vocational rehabilitation measures. First, the main identification strategies (control-forconfounding- variables, difference-in difference, instrumental-variable, and regressiondiscontinuity identification) are discussed in the multiple-programme setting. Thereafter, the different nonparametric matching and weighting estimators of the average treatment effects and their properties are examined.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 543.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2002
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Publication status: published in: Southern Economic Journal, 2008, 75 (1), 91-103
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  1. Margarita Katsimi & Sarantis Kalyvitis & Thomas Moutos, 2009. ""Unwarranted" Wage Changes and the Return on Capital," CESifo Working Paper Series 2804, CESifo Group Munich.

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