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Counseling and monitoring of unemployed workers: theory and evidence from a controlled social experiment

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  • van den Bergh, Gerhard

    (Free University Amsterdam, Tinbergen Institute)

  • van deer Klaauw, Bas

    (Free University Amsterdam and Scholar)

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We investigate the effect of conseling and monitoring on the individual transition rate to employment. We theoretically analyze these policies in a job search model with two search channels and endogenous search effort. In the empirical analysis we use unique administrative and survey data concerning a social experiment with full randomization and compliance. The results show that counseling and monitoring do not affect the exit rate to work. Monitoring causes a shift from informal to formal job search. We combine our empirical results to the results from our theoretical analysis and the existing empirical literature, to establish a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of these policies.

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  • van den Bergh, Gerhard & van deer Klaauw, Bas, 2001. "Counseling and monitoring of unemployed workers: theory and evidence from a controlled social experiment," Working Paper Series 2001:12, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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    Keywords

    unemployment duration; search effort; active labor market policy; treatment; search channels; multi-tasking; randomized social experiment;

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    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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