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Assisting the Long-Term Unemployed: Results from a Randomised Trial

  • Robert Breunig

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    (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

  • Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

    (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)

  • Yvonne Dunlop
  • Marion Terrill

Welfare reform in Australia centres on both economic and social participation. The policy concern is that people who fail to participate in economic and social life may become entrenched in disadvantage. In 2000-2001, a randomised trial was conducted by the Department of Family and Community Services to assess whether an intensive interview with follow-ups would result in increased participation for long-term recipients of income support. Participation in the trial led to a reduction in average hours worked, but increased hours spent in study or training. We find evidence of increased social integration associated with participation in the trial. Copyright 2003. The Economic Society of Australia..

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
Issue (Month): 244 (03)
Pages: 84-102

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