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Estimating the effect of a retraining program on the re-employment rate of displaced workers

  • Sandra Cavaco
  • Denis Fougère


  • Julien Pouget

In this article, we estimate the effects of a French retraining program on the re-employment rate of displaced workers by matching techniques. This program, called ‘Conventions de conversion’, was intended to improve re-employment prospects of displaced workers by proposing them retraining and job seeking assistance for a period of 6 months beginning just after the dismissal. Our empirical analysis is based upon non-experimental data collected by the French Ministry of Labour. Matching estimates show that this program succeeded in increasing the employment rate of trainees by approximately 6 points of percentage in the medium-term, namely in the 2nd and 3rd years after the date of entry into the program. This improvement is essentially due to an increase of their re-employment rate in regular jobs, namely jobs under long-term labour contracts. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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Volume (Year): 44 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 261-287

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