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The Relative Efficiency of Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence from a Social Experiment and Non-Parametric Methods

  • Vikström, Johan

    ()

    (IFAU)

  • Rosholm, Michael

    ()

    (Aarhus University)

  • Svarer, Michael

    ()

    (Aarhus University)

We re-analyze the effects of a Danish active labour market program social experiment that included a range of sub-treatments, including monitoring, job search assistance and training. Previous studies have shown that the overall effect of the experiment is positive. We apply newly developed non-parametric methods to determine which of the individual policies that explains the positive effect. The use of non-parametric methods to separate sub-treatment effects is important from a methodological point of view, since the alternative, namely parametric/distributional assumptions, is in conflict with the concept of experimental evidence. Our results are highly relevant in a policy perspective, as optimal labour market policy design requires knowledge on the effectiveness of specific policy measures.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5596.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Publication status: published in: Labour Economics, 2013, 24, 58-67
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5596
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