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Do Firms Benefit from Active Labour Market Policies?

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  • Lechner, Michael

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  • Wunsch, Conny

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  • Scioch, Patrycja

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This paper investigates the link between variation in the supply of workers who participate in specific types of active labour market policies (ALMPs) and firm performance using a new exceptionally informative German employer-employee data base. For identification we exploit that German local employment agencies (LEAs) have a high degree of autonomy in determining their own mix of ALMPs and that firms' hiring regions overlap only imperfectly with the areas of responsibility of the LEAs. Our results indicate that in general firms do not benefit from ALMPs and in some cases may even be harmed by certain programs, in particular by sub¬sidized employment and longer training programs. These findings complement the negative assessment of the cost-effectiveness of ALMPs from the empirical literature on the effects for participants.

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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1318.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2013:18

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Keywords: Subsidized employment programs; training programs; regional variation; program evaluation;

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  1. Sylvie Blasco & Barbara Pertold-Gebicka, 2012. "Employment Policies, Hiring Practices and Firm Performance," Working Papers, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique 2012-27, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.

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