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Endogenous Exit Bias in Training Programs for Unemployed Workers

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  • Kluve, Jochen

    () (Humboldt University Berlin, RWI)

  • Rinne, Ulf

    () (IZA)

  • Uhlendorff, Arne

    () (CREST)

  • Zhao, Zhong

    () (Renmin University of China)

Abstract

This paper assesses the importance of reverse causality when evaluating the impact of training duration for unemployed workers. We use planned duration as an instrumental variable for actual duration. Our results suggest that the potential endogeneity of exits seems to be only relevant in the lower and upper part of the treatment duration distribution.

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  • Kluve, Jochen & Rinne, Ulf & Uhlendorff, Arne & Zhao, Zhong, 2012. "Endogenous Exit Bias in Training Programs for Unemployed Workers," IZA Discussion Papers 6565, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    local average treatment effect; dropouts; treatment duration;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation

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