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Estimating the Effect of Vocational Training on Unemployment Duration in West Germany / Auswirkungen beruflicher Weiterbildung auf die Arbeitslosigkeitsdauer in Westdeutschland: A Discrete Hazard Rate Model with Instrumental Variables / Ein diskretes Hazardratenmodell mit Instrumentvariablen

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  • Hujer Reinhard


    (Department of Economics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Mertonstr. 17, 60054 Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

  • Maurer Kai-Oliver
  • Wellner Marc

    (Frankfurt am Main)

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    This paper is concerned with the effect of vocational training on individual unemployment duration in West Germany. The data base used in this study is the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) for West Germany for the period from 1984 to 1994. The econometric model is a semi-parametric single risk discrete time duration model. To take into account a possible selection bias, an instrumental variable for actual participation in vocational training is used. This instrumental variable is the predicted participation propensity obtained by estimating a probit model for the participation in vocational training measures. The main results show that prior participation does have a significant effect on the reduction of unemployment duration in the short run. However, this effect does not persist in the long run.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik).

    Volume (Year): 218 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 5-6 (October)
    Pages: 619-646

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    Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:218:y:1999:i:5-6:p:619-646
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