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Are the effects of training programmes in Germany sensitive to the choice and measurement of labour market outcomes?

abstract We reconsider the evidence of Lechner, Miquel and Wunsch (2004, 2005) on the effectiveness of training programmes for the unemployed conducted in East and West Germany in the period 1993-1994 by investigating whether, and if so, how overall policy conclusions depend on the particular choice of the outcome variable. We find that different measures of employment and earnings provide very similar results. In contrast, considering unemployment as an outcome measure shows rather different results as the positive long-run effects on employment are not mirrored by a corresponding decrease in unemployment. We show furthermore that it is important to consider the cumulated (net) effects of the programmes for an assessment of the overall effectiveness of different training programmes because they can yield conclusions which are different from those of the point-in-time estimates.
(http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:iab:iabzaf:v:39:i:3/4:p:34 7-364 )
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
project The Effectiveness of Vocational Training Programmes in Germany before 1998
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-12-2006
journal Journal for labour market research: Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung
publisher Kohlhammer
ISSN 1614-3485
volume of journal 39
number of issue 3-4
page(s) 347-382
review double-blind review
   
citation Lechner, M., & Wunsch, C. (2006). Are the effects of training programmes in Germany sensitive to the choice and measurement of labour market outcomes?. Journal for labour market research: Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung, 39(3-4), 347-382.