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Exploiting regional treatment intensity for the evaluation of labour market policies

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  • Markus Frölich

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  • Michael Lechner

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We estimate the effects of active labour market policies (ALMP) on subsequent employment by nonparametric instrumental variables and matching estimators. Very informative administrative Swiss data with detailed regional information are combined with exogenous regional variation in programme participation probabilities, which generate an instrument within well-defined local labour markets. This allows pursuing instrumental variable as well as matching estimation strategies. A specific combination of those methods identifies a new type of effect heterogeneity. We find that ALMP increases individual employment probabilities by about 15% in the short term for unemployed that may be called 'marginal' participants. The effects seem to be considerably smaller for those unemployed not marginal to the participation decision.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 with number 2006-12.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-12

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Keywords: Local average treatment effect; conditional local IV; active labour market policy; state borders; geographic variation; Switzerland; Fuller estimator;

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