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Active Labour Market Policy in East Germany : Waiting for the Economy to Take Off

abstract We investigate the effects of the most important East German active labour market programmes on the labour market outcomes of their participants. The analysis is based on a large and informative individual database coming from administrative data sources. Using matching methods, we find that over a horizon of 2.5 years after programme start the programmes fail to increase the employment chances of their participants in the regular labour market. However, the programmes may have other effects for their participants that may be considered important in the especially difficult situation experienced in the East German labour market.
(doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0351.2009.00362.x)
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type journal paper
   
keywords causal analysis, East Germany, evaluation, matching estimation
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-11-2009
journal The Economics of Transition
publisher Wiley-Blackwell (Cambridge, MA USA)
ISSN 0967-0750
volume of journal 17
number of issue 4
page(s) 661-702
review not reviewed
   
citation Lechner, M., & Wunsch, C. (2009). Active Labour Market Policy in East Germany: Waiting for the Economy to Take Off. The Economics of Transition, 17(4), 661-702.