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Do individual programme effects exceed the costs? Norwegian evidence on long run effects of labour market training

  • Raaum, Oddbjørn

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    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

  • Torp, Hege

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    (Institute for Social Research)

  • Zhang, Tao

    ()

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

Individual long run effects of a labour market training programme targeted at unemployed adults are evaluated by comparing mean post-training earnings for matched samples of participants and non-participants. Average training effects on the trained are positive and persistent over the posttraining period of 5 years. Participants without recent work experience, prior to the training, gain less. For participants with recent work experience the present value of the 5 years accumulated earnings effect exceeds the direct costs of the training.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 15/2002.

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Length: 60 pages
Date of creation: 17 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2002_015
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