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The Relative Efficiency of Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence from a Social Experiment and Non-Parametric Methods

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  • Vikström, Johan

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    (IFAU)

  • Rosholm, Michael

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Svarer, Michael

    ()
    (Aarhus University)

Abstract

We re-analyze the effects of a Danish active labour market program social experiment that included a range of sub-treatments, including monitoring, job search assistance and training. Previous studies have shown that the overall effect of the experiment is positive. We apply newly developed non-parametric methods to determine which of the individual policies that explains the positive effect. The use of non-parametric methods to separate sub-treatment effects is important from a methodological point of view, since the alternative, namely parametric/distributional assumptions, is in conflict with the concept of experimental evidence. Our results are highly relevant in a policy perspective, as optimal labour market policy design requires knowledge on the effectiveness of specific policy measures.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5596.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 24, 58-67
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5596

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Keywords: treatment effect; active labour market policy; non-parametric bounds;

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  1. Pieter Gautier & Paul Muller & Bas van der Klaauw, & Michael Rosholm & Michael Svarer, 2012. "Estimating Equilibrium Effects of Job Search Assistance," Economics Working Papers 2012-27, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  2. Brown, Alessio J. G. & Koettl, Johannes, 2012. "Active Labor Market Programs: Employment Gain or Fiscal Drain?," IZA Discussion Papers 6880, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  4. Saniter, Nils & Siedler, Thomas, 2014. "The Effects of Occupational Knowledge: Job Information Centers, Educational Choices, and Labor Market Outcomes," IZA Discussion Papers 8100, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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