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Using Financial Incentives and Improving Information to Increase Labour Market Success: A Non-Parametric Evaluation of the ‘Want2Work’ Programme

  • Jennifer Roberts


    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)

  • Joanne Lindley

    (Department of Economics, University of Surrey)

  • Steven McIntosh

    (Department of Economics, University of Sheffield)

  • Carolyn Czoski Murray

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)

  • Richard Edlin

    (Academic Unit of Health Economics, University of Leeds)

The ‘Want2Work’ programme was designed to help individuals back into work. This article uses propensity score matching to evaluate the success of a policy that cannot otherwise be evaluated using standard parametric techniques. Using a range of estimation methods, sub-samples and types of job, the scheme was successful. Our most conservative estimates indicate that participants were 4-7 percentage points more likely to find employment than a control group of non-treated job-seekers. Effects were even stronger for Incapacity Benefit recipients. Moreover, there is little evidence that participants were placed in low quality or temporary jobs.

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Paper provided by Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds in its series Working Papers with number 1004.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:lee:wpaper:1004
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  1. Blundell, Richard William & Costa Dias, Monica & Meghir, Costas & Van Reenen, John, 2003. "Evaluating the Employment Impact of a Mandatory Job Search Programme," CEPR Discussion Papers 3786, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Joanne Lindley & Jennifer Roberts & Steven McIntosh & Carolyn Czoski Murray & Richard Edlin, 2010. "Using Financial Incentives and Improving Information to Increase Labour Market Success: A Non-Parametric Evaluation of the ‘Want2Work’ Programme," Working Papers 2010013, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised Jun 2010.
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