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Vocational Training of Unemployed Workers in Belgium

  • Cockx, Bart

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    (Ghent University)

In this paper we estimate, for the 1989-93 period in Belgium, the effect of vocational classroom training on the rate of transition from unemployment. We propose a “control function” estimator accounting for variable treatment effects. In the absence of interaction effects between explanatory variables this estimator identifies treatment effects free from selection bias. A natural experiment induces exogenous sub-regional variation in the training supply. This provides over-identifying restrictions that cannot be rejected. During participation, the transition rate decreases by 23% to 30%. Afterwards it increases by 47% to 73%. Making training available for a broader population would, however, reduce the

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 682.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 2003, 49 (1), 23-48
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp682
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