On the Importance of Correcting Reported End Dates of Labor Market Programs
With administrative data becoming increasingly important for empirical research, the quality of crucial variables of process generated data is of growing interest. This paper investigates reported end dates of further training programs in the German Integrated Employment Biographies Sample (IEBS) to gain insights on how to deal with this sensitive part of the IEBS in future studies and on how measurement error in program end dates affects evaluation results. Error-proneness of reported end dates in the IEBS is discussed, corrections are introduced and their impact on evaluation results is studied for different estimation frameworks using sensitivity analysis. Though there is considerable measurement error in the end dates that can be corrected, the effect on evaluation results is modest.
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Volume (Year): 128 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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