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Get Training or Wait? Long-Run Employment Effects of Training Programs for the Unemployed in West Germany

  • Fitzenberger, Bernd

    ()

    (Humboldt University Berlin)

  • Osikominu, Aderonke

    ()

    (University of Hohenheim)

  • Völter, Robert

    ()

    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Long-term public sector sponsored training programs often show little or negative short-run employment effects and often it is not possible to assess whether positive long-run effects exist. Based on unique administrative data, this paper estimates the long-run differential employment effects of three different types of training programs in West Germany. We use inflows into unemployment for the years 1986/87 and 1993/94 and apply local linear matching based on the estimated propensity score to estimate the effects of training programs starting during 1 to 2, 3 to 4, and 5 to 8 quarters of unemployment. The results show a negative lock-in effect for the period right after the beginning of the program and significantly positive treatment effects on employment rates in the medium- and long-run. The differential effects of the three programs compared to one another are mainly driven by differences in the length of the lock-in periods.

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Date of creation: May 2006
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