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Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland

abstract Not available in German. In the second part of the 1990's Switzerland conducted an ambitious active labour market policy (ALMP) encompassing a wide variety of programmes. We evaluate the effects of these programmes on the individual employment probability of potential participants. Our econometric analysis uses unusually informative data origi-nating from administrative unemployment and social security records. We apply a matching es-timator adapted for the case of multiple programmes. We find substantial positive effects for one particular programme that is a unique feature of the Swiss ALMP. It consists of a wage subsidy for temporary jobs in the regular labour market that would otherwise not be taken up by the unemployed. We also find large negative effects for traditional employment programmes oper-ated in sheltered labour markets. For training courses the results are mixed.
(doi:10.1111/1468-0297.00072)
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type journal paper
   
keywords matching
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-10-2002
journal The Economic Journal
publisher Cambridge University Press (Cambridge)
ISSN 0013-0133
volume of journal 112
number of issue 482
page(s) 854-893
review not reviewed
   
citation Gerfin, M., & Lechner, M. (2002). Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland. The Economic Journal, 112(482), 854-893.