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Does 'Work for the Dole' work?: an Australian perspective on work experience programmes

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  • Jeff Borland
  • Yi-Ping Tseng

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This study examines the effect of Work for the Dole (WfD), a community-based work experience programme, on transitions out of unemployment in Australia. To evaluate the WfD programme, a quasi-experimental exact matching approach is applied. Participation in the WfD programme is found to be associated with a large and significant adverse effect on the likelihood of exiting unemployment payments. The main potential explanation is the existence of a 'lock-in' effect whereby programme participants reduce job search activity.

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  • Jeff Borland & Yi-Ping Tseng, 2011. "Does 'Work for the Dole' work?: an Australian perspective on work experience programmes," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(28), pages 4353-4368.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:43:y:2011:i:28:p:4353-4368
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2010.491457
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