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Kids or courses? Gender differences in the effects of active labor market policies

abstract We investigate active labor market programs in Austria. We find only small effects, if any, for most of the programs. However, the programs may have unintended consequences for women. In particular for younger women, a key effect of the programs and one reason for the male–female effect differential that is observed in the literature is to reduce or postpone pregnancies and to increase their attachment to the labor force. Furthermore, the variables capturing pregnancies and times of parental leave play a key role in removing selection bias.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
project Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 7-2011
journal Journal of Population Economics
publisher Springer Verlag (Dordrecht NL)
ISSN 0933-1433
ISSN (online) 1432-1475
DOI 10.1007/s00148-009-0267-2
volume of journal 24
number of issue 3
page(s) 783-812
review double-blind review
   
citation Lechner, M., & Wiehler, S. (2011). Kids or courses? Gender differences in the effects of active labor market policies. Journal of Population Economics, 24(3), 783-812, DOI:10.1007/s00148-009-0267-2.