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A Microeconometric Evaluation of Rehabilitation of Long-term Sickness in Sweden

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  • Frölich, Markus

    () (Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW))

  • Heshmati, Almas

    () (Department of Economic Statistics)

  • Lechner, Michael

    () (Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW))

Abstract

In this study the effects of various types of rehabilitation programmes on different labour market and health related outcomes are estimated. The main feature of this study, compared to previous research, is that it jointly evaluates multiple treatments by nonparametric matching estimators. The study is based on a sample of 6287 persons in western Sweden who are long-term sick observed during 1991 to 1994 and could participate in rehabilitation programmes. Our results suggest that work-place training is superior to the other rehabilitation programmes with respect to labour market outcomes. However, no positive effects of rehabilitation compared to non-participation are found.

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  • Frölich, Markus & Heshmati, Almas & Lechner, Michael, 2000. "A Microeconometric Evaluation of Rehabilitation of Long-term Sickness in Sweden," SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 373, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 07 Jun 2000.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0373
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    Keywords

    Programme evaluation; matching; multiple treatments; multi-programme causal models; long-term sickness; vocational rehabilitation; Swedish labour markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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