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Evaluating the impact of active labor programs : results of cross country studies in Europe and Central Asia

  • Fretwell, David H.
  • Benus, Jacob
  • O'Leary, Christopher J.

The objective of this cross country study was to determine if there was any significant difference those individuals who participated in active labor programs (ALP) and similar individuals who did not participate in the programs (the comparison group), with regard to agreed outcome measures of program success (e.g., employment, wage levels) in four countries: the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Turkey. The study evaluated five different ALPs across the four countries for several categories of program participants, grouped by demographic characteristics and geographic location. The active labor programs studies comprised: retraining, public works or temporary community employment, wage subsidy, self-employment initiatives, and general employment services. All five ALPs evaluated were found to have a significant positive net impact for some population subgroups, a general finding supported by the 1996 OECD review that concluded that there are ALPs that work for most groups of individuals. However, the study found the impact was not significant for some sub-groups, and for some ALPs the impact was negative. The final chapter summarizesthe general trends in findings on the various outcome measures across demographic and regional subgroups.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 20131.

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Date of creation: 30 Jun 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:20131
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