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The impact of active labour market programmes on the duration of unemployment in Switzerland


Lalive, Rafael; van Ours, Jan C; Zweimüller, Josef (2008). The impact of active labour market programmes on the duration of unemployment in Switzerland. Economic Journal, 118(525):235-257.

Abstract

This article evaluates the effects of Swiss active labour market programmes on the job chances of unemployed workers. The main innovation is a comparison of two important dynamic evaluation estimators: the ‘matching’ estimator and the ‘timing-of-events’ estimator. We find that both estimators generate different treatment effects. According to the matching estimator temporary subsidised jobs shorten unemployment duration whereas training programmes and employment programmes do not. In contrast, the timing-of-events estimator suggests that none of the Swiss active labour market programmes shortens unemployment duration.

This article evaluates the effects of Swiss active labour market programmes on the job chances of unemployed workers. The main innovation is a comparison of two important dynamic evaluation estimators: the ‘matching’ estimator and the ‘timing-of-events’ estimator. We find that both estimators generate different treatment effects. According to the matching estimator temporary subsidised jobs shorten unemployment duration whereas training programmes and employment programmes do not. In contrast, the timing-of-events estimator suggests that none of the Swiss active labour market programmes shortens unemployment duration.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:January 2008
Deposited On:10 Jun 2008 12:27
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:23
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0013-0133
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02111.x
Official URL:http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2007.02111.x
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2559

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