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Using Financial Incentives and Improving Information to Increase Labour Market Success: A Non-Parametric Evaluation of the ‘Want2Work’ Programme

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  • Joanne Lindley
  • Jennifer Roberts

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Steven McIntosh

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

  • Carolyn Czoski Murray
  • Richard Edlin

Abstract

The 'Want2Work' programme was designed to help individuals back into work. This article uses propensity score matching to evaluate the success of a policy that cannot otherwise be evaluated using standard parametric techniques. Using a range of estimation methods, sub-samples and types of job, the scheme was successful. Our most conservative estimates indicate that participants were 4-7 percentage points more likely to find employment than a control group of non-treated job-seekers. Effects were even stronger for Incapacity Benefit recipients. Moreover, there is little evidence that participants were placed in low quality or temporary jobs.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010013.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
Date of revision: Jun 2010
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2010013

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Keywords: Active labour market policy; re-employment likelihood; propensity score matching;

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  1. Ricahrd Dorsett, 2007. "The Effect of Pathways to work on Labour," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 202(1), pages 79-89, October.
  2. Duncan McVicar & Jan M. Podivinsky, 2009. "How Well Has The New Deal For Young People Worked In The Uk Regions?," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 56(2), pages 167-195, 05.
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