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Evaluation of Swedish Youth Labour Market Programmes

  • Larsson, Laura

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    This paper evaluates two Swedish active labour market programmes for youth, namely youth practice and labour market training. A non-parametric matching approach is applied to estimate the average program effects. Moreover, the results obtained by matching are compared to results from standard linear regression and probit models, and a polychotomous selectivity model. The results indicate either zero or negative effects of both programmes on earnings, re-employment probability and probability of studies in the short run, whereas some of the long-run effects are estimated positive. However, there is much heterogeneity in the estimated treatment effects among the individuals.

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    Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2000:6.

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    Length: 72 pages
    Date of creation: 11 Apr 2000
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    Publication status: Published in Journal of Human Resources, 2003, pages 891-927.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2000_006
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