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A Reappraisal of the Virtues of Private Sector Employment Programmes

  • Brian Krogh Graversen
  • Peter Jensen

This paper evaluates the employment effects of active labour market programmes for Danish welfare benefit recipients, focusing on private sector employment (PSE) programmes. Using a latent variable model that allows for heterogeneous treatment effects among observationally identical persons, we estimate commonly defined mean treatment effects and the distribution of treatment effects. We find no significant mean treatment effect of PSE programme participation as compared to participation in other programmes for PSE programme participants. However, we find substantial heterogeneity in the treatment effects, and those most likely to participate in PSE programmes are those who benefit the least from such programmes. Copyright © The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2010 .

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Volume (Year): 112 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 546-569

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