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La valutazione delle politiche del lavoro in presenza di selezione: migliorare la teoria, i metodi o i dati?

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  • Rettore Enrico
  • Trivellato Ugo
  • Martini Alberto

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Most times the effects of social interventions targeted to specific subgroups of the population are "a priori" uncertain. This is why measuring them "ex post" is of major value to learn which interventions work, on which target groups, in which macroeconomic conditions. The exponential growth of the literature on program evaluation over the last decade witnesses the relevance to the policy makers and to the public opinion of having available objective measures of whether a social intervention actually produced the effects it was intended to produce. In its bare essentials any evaluation strategy is based on comparing what happens to the individuals exposed to the intervention to what happens to "comparable" individuals not exposed to the intervention. The fundamental problem one needs to solve to measure the effects of the intervention is how to guarantee the comparability between the two groups of individuals. In this paper we review the recent literature on program evaluation focusing on three issues: i) the need of collecting data tailored to the specific evaluation problem at hand; ii) how parametric methods can happen to hide the lack of comparability between exposed and unexposed individuals and why nonparametric methods cannot; iii) the implications of the intervention effects being heterogeneous across individuals. Illustrations of the three issues with reference to the evaluation of Italian labour market policies are provided.

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  • Rettore Enrico & Trivellato Ugo & Martini Alberto, 2003. "La valutazione delle politiche del lavoro in presenza di selezione: migliorare la teoria, i metodi o i dati?," Politica economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 301-342.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:je8794:doi:10.1429/11025:y:2003:i:3:p:301-342
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    1. Carlo Altavilla & Floro E. Caroleo, 2006. "Evaluating the Dynamic Effects of Active Labour Policies in Italy," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 20(2), pages 349-382, June.
    2. Destefanis, Sergio & Storti, Giuseppe, 2005. "Evaluating Business Incentives Through DEA. An Analysis on Capitalia Firm Data," MPRA Paper 62336, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Carlo Altavilla & Floro Ernesto Caroleo, 2013. "Asymmetric Effects of National-based Active Labour Market Policies," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(9), pages 1482-1506, October.
    4. Elisa BARBIERI & Lauretta RUBINI & Alessandra MICOZZI, 2013. "Evaluating policies for innovation and university-firm relations. An investigation on the attitude of Italian academic entrepreneurs towards collaborations with firms," Economia Marche / Journal of Applied Economics, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I) / Fondazione Aristide Merloni (I), vol. 0(2), pages 17-45, December.
    5. Martina Cioni & Davide Conforti, 2007. "The effectiveness of regional policies for innovation: an empirical investigation," Department of Economics University of Siena 508, Department of Economics, University of Siena.

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