Do Wage Subsidies Increase Employment in Subsidized Firms?
This paper examines whether subsidized jobs have contributed to employment in subsidized firms or have merely substituted for non-subsidized ones. The data-set is an unbalanced panel of some 31,000 firms that are followed annually between 1995 and 2002. The analysis is based on difference-in-differences, which is adjusted by regression and matching methods. The results indicate that wage subsidies stimulate employment, and that the magnitude of the effect is as aimed. I also found that subsidies have no sizeable effects on non-subsidized firms of the industry or the geographical area in question. Copyright (c) The London School of Economics and Political Science 2006.
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Volume (Year): 74 (2007)
Issue (Month): 293 (02)
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