IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/kap/jproda/v20y2003i1p49-70.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Efficiency of Public Employment Services: A Nonparametric Matching Function Analysis for Switzerland

Author

Listed:
  • George Sheldon

    ()

Abstract

This study develops a methodology for assessing the efficiency of job placement services based on the matching function. Unlike most previous estimates of the matching function, based on aggregate time-series regressions and parametric functional forms, this study employs micro cross-sectional data and uses nonparametric frontier estimation techniques (DEA). The methodology is applied to 126 regional placement offices operating in Switzerland in the period 1997–98. In contrast to time-series regressions, our results point to sizable increasing returns-to-scale. Our findings also suggest that counseling is more effective than other active labor market measures or disciplining actions in increasing matching efficiency. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Suggested Citation

  • George Sheldon, 2003. "The Efficiency of Public Employment Services: A Nonparametric Matching Function Analysis for Switzerland," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 20(1), pages 49-70, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:20:y:2003:i:1:p:49-70
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1024870108435
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10.1023/A:1024870108435
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frölich & Michael Lechner, 2008. "A Caseworker Like Me - Does The Similarity Between Unemployed And Caseworker Increase Job Placements?," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2008 2008-08, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
    2. Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frˆlich & Michael Lechner, 2010. "Unemployed and their caseworkers: should they be friends or foes?," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 173(1), pages 67-92.
    3. repec:ekz:ekonoz:2018105 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frölich & Michael Lechner, 2007. "Public Employment Services and Employers: How Important are Networks with Firms?," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2007 2007-33, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
    5. Vassiliev, Anatoli & Ferro Luzzi, Giovanni & Fluckiger, Yves & Ramirez, Jose V., 2006. "Unemployment and employment offices' efficiency: What can be done?," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 169-186, September.
    6. repec:spr:epolit:v:35:y:2018:i:2:d:10.1007_s40888-018-0102-x is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Michael Weber, 2016. "The short-run and long-run effects of decentralizing public employment services," ifo Working Paper Series 209, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
    8. Baños, José F. & Rodríguez-Álvarez, Ana & Suárez, Patricia, 2016. "Matching frontiers: A random parameter model approach," Efficiency Series Papers 2016/07, University of Oviedo, Department of Economics, Oviedo Efficiency Group (OEG).
    9. Althin, Rikard & Behrenz, Lars & Färe, Rolf & Grosskopf, Shawna & Mellander, Erik, 2010. "Swedish employment offices: A new model for evaluating effectiveness," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 207(3), pages 1535-1544, December.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:20:y:2003:i:1:p:49-70. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Sonal Shukla) or (Andrew Huffard) The email address of this maintainer does not seem to be valid anymore. Please ask Andrew Huffard to update the entry or send us the correct email address. General contact details of provider: http://www.springer.com .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.