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Targeting Labour Market Programmes - Results from a Randomized Experiment

  • Stefanie Behncke
  • Markus Frölich
  • Michael Lechner

We evaluate a randomized experiment of a statistical support system developed to assist caseworkers in Swiss employment offices in choosing appropriate active labour market programmes for their unemployed clients. The support system was piloted in several employment offices in which, randomly, half of the caseworkers used the system and the other half acted as control group. Caseworkers retained full discretion about the choice of active labour market programmes, and the evaluation results showed that caseworkers largely did not follow the statistical support system. This indicates that stronger incentives are needed for caseworkers to comply with statistical profiling and targeting systems.

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Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 145 (2009)
Issue (Month): III (September)
Pages: 221-268

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Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2009-iii-1
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