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Do Government Sponsored Vocational Training Programs Help the Unemployed Find Jobs? Evidence from Russia


  • Anton Nivorozhkin

    (Goteberg University)

  • Eugene Nivorozhkin

    (University of Groningen)


The study estimates the employment effect of vocational training programs for the unemployed in urban Russia. The results of propensity score matching indicate that training programs had a non-negative overall effect on the program participants relative to non-participants.

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  • Anton Nivorozhkin & Eugene Nivorozhkin, 2005. "Do Government Sponsored Vocational Training Programs Help the Unemployed Find Jobs? Evidence from Russia," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 04-100, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:upj:weupjo:05-115

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    Unemployment; transition economies; active labour market programs; evaluation; propensity score;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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