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Targeting Labour Market Programmes : Results from A Randomized Experiment

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abstract We evaluate a randomized experiment of a statistical support system developed to assist caseworkers in Swiss employment offices in choosing appropriate active labour market programmes for their unemployed clients. This statistical support system predicted the labour market outcome for each programme and thereby suggested an 'optimal' labour market programme for each unemployed person. The support system was piloted in several employment offices. In those pilot offices, half of the caseworkers used the system and the
other half acted as control group. The allocation of the caseworkers to treatment and control group was random. The experiment was designed such that caseworkers retained full discretion about the choice of active labour market programmes, and the evaluation results showed that caseworkers largely ignored the statistical support system. This indicates that stronger incentives are needed for caseworkers to comply with statistical profiling and
targeting systems.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords profiling, active labour market programmes, ALMP, statistical treatment rules, unemployment, public employment services
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 26-9-2009
journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics
publisher Peter Lang
ISSN 0303-9692
volume of journal 145
number of issue 3
page(s) 221-268
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citation Behncke, S., Froelich, M., & Lechner, M. (2009). Targeting Labour Market Programmes: Results from A Randomized Experiment. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 145(3), 221-268.