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Investing in People: The Labour Market Impact of Human Resource Interventions Funded under the 1994-1999 Community Support Framework in Ireland

  • Denny, Kevin

    (University College Dublin (UCD))

  • Harmon, Colm

    (University College Dublin (UCD))

  • O'Connell, Philip J.

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

This paper produced a rigorous analysis of the human resource interventions which formed an important part of the EU Community Support Framework implemented in Ireland in the period 1994 to 1999. The study investigates the impact of both initial education and of continuing education, training and temporary employment programmes. The study utilises an approach based on comparison groups garnered from existing ESRI databases to estimate the net impact of the interventions rather than relying simply on cruder measures such as gross placement rates. Estimates are given of the returns to fourteen schemes included in the Support Framework in terms of income and employment prospects. The results suggest that programmes with strong market linkages are much more effective than those with a more general remit. On this basis, recommendations are made for a strategic re-orientation of labour market policies for the unemployed.

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This book is provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its series Research Series with number PRS38 and published in 2000.
ISBN: 0707001927
Handle: RePEc:esr:resser:prs38
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  1. Geraint Johnes, 1998. "Human capital versus sorting: new data and a new test," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(10), pages 665-667.
  2. Heckman, James J, 1979. "Sample Selection Bias as a Specification Error," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 47(1), pages 153-61, January.
  3. Kevin Denny & Colm Harmon, 2001. "Testing for sheepskin effects in earnings equations: evidence for five countries," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(9), pages 635-637.
  4. O'Higgins, Niall, 1994. "YTS, Employment, and Sample Selection Bias," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 46(4), pages 605-28, October.
  5. Torp, Hege, 1994. " The Impact of Training on Employment: Assessing a Norwegian Labour Market Programme," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 96(4), pages 531-50.
  6. Lee, Lung-Fei, 1983. "Generalized Econometric Models with Selectivity," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 51(2), pages 507-12, March.
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