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Equilibrium Evaluation of Active Labor Market Programmes Enhancing Matching Effectiveness

  • Bruno, VAN DER LINDEN

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Department of Economics)

This paper evaluates counselling programmes in an equilibrium matching model where workers are heterogeneous in skill levels. Job search effort, labour demand and wages are endogenous. When wages are bargained over, raising the effectiveness of or the access to counselling programmes pushes wages upwards and leads to lower search effort among nonparticipants. The effects of increasing the access of the low-skilled are evaluated numerically by enlarging sucessively the set of endogenous behaviours. Induced effects outweigh substantial positive micro effects on low-skilled employment when all ‘margins’ are taken into account. The inter-temporal utility of the low-skilled nevertheless increases because search effort declines. On the contrary, when the net wage of the low-skilled is a fixed proportion of the one bargained by the high-skilled, raising the access to counselling programmes has small positive effects on all criteria.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques in its series Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) with number 2005007.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvec:2005007
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