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Employment and earnings effects of awarding training vouchers in Germany

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  • Doerr, Annabelle
  • Fitzenberger, Bernd

    (IFS ; IZA ; ROA ; University of Freiburg ; ZEW)

  • Kruppe, Thomas

    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany)

  • Paul, Marie

    (University of Duisburg-Essen)

  • Strittmatter, Anthony

    (University of Freiburg ; University St. Gallen)

Abstract

"In 2003, Germany moved from a system in which participants in training programs for the unemployed are assigned by caseworkers to an allocation system using vouchers. Based on the rich administrative data for all vouchers and on actual program participation, we provide inverse probability weighting and ordinary least squares estimates of the employment and earnings effects of a voucher award. Our results imply that after the award, voucher recipients experience long periods of lower labor market success. On average, there are only small positive employment effects and no gains in earnings even four years after the voucher award. However, we do find significantly positive effects both for lowskilled individuals and for degree courses. The strong positive selection effects implied by our estimates are consistent with sizeable cream-skimming effects." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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  • Doerr, Annabelle & Fitzenberger, Bernd & Kruppe, Thomas & Paul, Marie & Strittmatter, Anthony, 2014. "Employment and earnings effects of awarding training vouchers in Germany," IAB-Discussion Paper 201423, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
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    Keywords

    Bundesrepublik Deutschland ; Weiterbildungsbeteiligung ; Lock-in-Effekte ; Beschäftigungseffekte ; Bildungsgutschein ; Einkommenseffekte ; Erfolgskontrolle ; Integrierte Erwerbsbiografien ; Niedrigqualifizierte ; Arbeitslose ; Umschulung ; 2003-2008;
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    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • H43 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Project Evaluation; Social Discount Rate
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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