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Do Government Sponsored Vocational Training Programs Help the Unemployed Find Jobs? Evidence from Russia

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  • Anton Nivorozhkin

    (Goteberg University)

  • Eugene Nivorozhkin

    (University of Groningen)

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    The study estimates the employment effect of vocational training programs for the unemployed in urban Russia. The results of propensity score matching indicate that training programs had a non-negative overall effect on the program participants relative to non-participants.

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    Paper provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in its series Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles with number 04-100.

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    Date of creation: May 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:upj:weupjo:05-115

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    Keywords: Unemployment; transition economies; active labour market programs; evaluation; propensity score;

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