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A Caseworker Like Me - Does the Similarity between unemployed and Caseworker Increase Job Placements?

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  • Behncke, Stefanie
  • Frölich, Markus
  • Lechner, Michael

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This paper examines whether the chances of job placements improve if unemployed persons are counselled by caseworkers who belong to the same social group, defined by gender, age, education, and nationality. Based on an unusually informative dataset, which links Swiss unemployed to their caseworkers, we find positive employment effects of about 4 percentage points if caseworker and unemployed belong to the same social group. Coincidence in a single characteristic, e.g. same gender of caseworker and unemployed, does not lead to detectable effects on employment. These results, obtained by statistical matching methods, are confirmed by several robustness checks.

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  • Behncke, Stefanie & Frölich, Markus & Lechner, Michael, 2008. "A Caseworker Like Me - Does the Similarity between unemployed and Caseworker Increase Job Placements?," CEPR Discussion Papers 6784, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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