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Which Program for Whom? Evidence on the Comparative Effectiveness of Public Sponsored Training Programs in Germany

  • Biewen, Martin

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    (University of Tuebingen)

  • Fitzenberger, Bernd

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    (Humboldt University Berlin)

  • Osikominu, Aderonke

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    (University of Hohenheim)

  • Waller, Marie

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    (University of Freiburg)

We use a new and exceptionally rich administrative data set for Germany to evaluate the employment effects of a variety of public sponsored training programs in the early 2000s. Building on the work of Sianesi (2003, 2004), we employ propensity score matching methods in a dynamic, multiple treatment framework in order to address program heterogeneity and dynamic selection into programs. Our results suggest that in West Germany both short-term and medium-term programs show considerable employment effects for certain population subgroups but in some cases the effects are zero in the medium run. Short-term programs are surprisingly effective when compared to the traditional and more expensive longer-term programs. With a few exceptions, we find little evidence for significant positive treatment effects in East Germany. There is some evidence that the employment effects decline for older workers and for low-skilled workers.

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Date of creation: Jun 2007
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