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Macroeconomic Impacts of ALMP on the Matching Process in West Germany

  • Hujer, Reinhard


    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • Zeiss, Christopher


    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

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    This paper investigates the macroeconomic effects of job creation schemes and vocational training on the matching processes in West Germany. The empirical analysis is based on regional data for local employment office districts for the period from 1999 to 2003. The empirical model relies on a dynamic version of a matching function augmented by ALMP. In order to obtain consistent estimates in the presence of a dynamic panel data model, a firstdifferences GMM estimator and a transformed maximum likelihood estimator are applied. Furthermore the paper considers the endogeneity problem of the policy measures. The results obtained from our estimates indicate that vocational training does not significantly affect the matching process and that job creation schemes have a negative effect.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 915.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2003
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