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Are Training Programs More Effective When Unemployment Is High?

abstract We estimate short-run, medium-run, and long-run individual labor market effects of training programs for the unemployed by following program participation on a monthly basis over a 10-year period. Since analyzing the effectiveness of training over such a long period is impossible with experimental data, we use an administrative database compiled for evaluating German training programs. Based on matching estimation adapted to address the various issues that arise in this particular context, we find a clear positive relation between the effectiveness of the programs and the unemployment rate over time. (doi:10.1086/644976)
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type journal paper
   
keywords active labour market policy, causal effects, long-run effects, matching estimation
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-11-2009
journal Journal of Labor Economics
publisher University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL USA)
ISSN 0734-306X
volume of journal 27
number of issue 4
page(s) 653-692
review double-blind review
   
citation Lechner, M., & Wunsch, C. (2009). Are Training Programs More Effective When Unemployment Is High?. Journal of Labor Economics, 27(4), 653-692.