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A Caseworker Like Me - Does The Similarity Between Unemployed And Caseworker Increase Job Placements?

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  • Stefanie Behncke

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  • Markus Frölich

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  • Michael Lechner

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This paper examines whether the chances of job placements improve if unemployed persons are counselled by caseworkers who belong to the same social group, defined by gender, age, education, and nationality. Based on an unusually informative dataset, which links Swiss unemployed to their caseworkers, we find positive employment effects of about 4 percentage points if caseworker and unemployed belong to the same social group. Coincidence in a single characteristic, e.g. same gender of caseworker and unemployed, does not lead to detectable effects on employment. These results, obtained by statistical matching methods, are confirmed by several robustness checks.

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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 2008 with number 2008-08.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Keywords: Social identity; social interactions; public employment services; unemployment; gender; age; education; treatment effects; matching estimators;

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