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Vocational Training: Does it speed up the Transition Rate out of Unemployment?

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  • Bart Cockx

    (IRES and Department of Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain)

  • Isabelle Bardoulat

    (IRES and Department of Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain)

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In this paper we estimate, for the 1989-93 period in Belgium, the effect of vocational classroom training on therate of transition out of unemployment. We show that rationing of the demand for training increases theunemployment duration of non-participants, an effect neglected in programme evaluations. We propose a "controlfunction" estimator accounting for variable treatment effects and identifying the average treatment effect on thetreated by means of exogenous sub-regional variation in the training capacities. During participation, thetransition rate decreases by 27%. Afterwards it increases by 62%. Making training available for a broader populationwould, however, reduce the effectiveness of the programme.

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  • Bart Cockx & Isabelle Bardoulat, 2000. "Vocational Training: Does it speed up the Transition Rate out of Unemployment?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 00-016/3, Tinbergen Institute.
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    Vocational training; evaluation; transition models; job-search;
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    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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