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Active Job-search Programs a Promising Tool? A Microeconometric Evaluation for Austria

  • Weber, Andrea

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

  • Hofer, Helmut

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

In Austria active job-search programs were introduced on a large scale in 1999. These programs aim at activating unemployed at an early stage and bringing them back to work by training job-search related skills. We evaluate the impact of active labour market programs in Austria on individual unemployment durations, and allow program effects to vary between active job-search programs and formal training programs. We use the timing-of-events method which estimates the program effect as a shift in the transition rate from unemployment to jobs at the moment of program entry. We find that participation in active job-search programs significantly reduces unemployment durations, whereas formal training programs have a negative effect on unemployment durations. For women all programs have positive effects.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 131.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: May 2003
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