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To Meet or Not to Meet (Your Case Worker) – That is the Question

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  • van den Berg, Gerard J.

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    (University of Mannheim)

  • Kjaersgaard, Lene

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Rosholm, Michael

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    (Aarhus University)

Abstract

We investigate the effects of meetings between the unemployed and their case workers on the transition rate from unemployment to employment using detailed Danish event history data obtained from administrative registers. We find large positive effects of meetings. The transition rate strongly increases in the week the meeting is held, and this effect persists for some weeks after the meeting. The effect size tends to increase with the number of meetings. The effect of the first meeting on the transition rate to work does not depend on the timing of the meeting.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6476.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6476

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Keywords: unemployment; active labor market policy; unemployment duration; treatment effects; meetings; job search assistance; case worker;

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  1. Rosholm, Michael, 2008. "Experimental Evidence on the Nature of the Danish Employment Miracle," IZA Discussion Papers 3620, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Pedro S. Martins & Sofia Pessoa e Costa, 2014. "Reemployment effects from increased activation: Evidence from times of crisis," Working Papers, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research 52, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management, Centre for Globalisation Research.

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