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The Effectiveness of Regional Active Labour Market Policies to Fight against Unemployment: An Analysis for Catalonia

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  • Ramos, Raul

    () (University of Barcelona)

  • Surinach, Jordi

    () (University of Barcelona)

  • Artís, Manuel

    () (University of Barcelona)

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The aim of this work is to assess the effectiveness of active labour market policies carried out by the Catalan Public Employment Services (SOC) during the year 2005. The results obtained from the application of matching techniques show that the probability of finding a job for an individual who participated in any of the analyzed SOC's actions is 5 percentage points higher in relation to those who did not participate. The individual analysis of the different programs has shown the effectiveness of the greater part of the actions carried out. Last, the results have also highlighted the further improvement of the combination of some of the actions.

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  • Ramos, Raul & Surinach, Jordi & Artís, Manuel, 2009. "The Effectiveness of Regional Active Labour Market Policies to Fight against Unemployment: An Analysis for Catalonia," IZA Discussion Papers 4649, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    active labour market policies; unemployment; propensity score matching;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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