Friday, April 16, 2010

Some evidence on Active Labour Market Policies

In the (perhaps unlikely) event that policy makers take an interest in research on active labour market policies with a view to actually doing something sensible about the crisis in Ireland, this might be of interest:

Does subsidised temporary employment get the unemployed back to work? An econometric analysis of two different schemes
Gerfin, M; Lechner, M; Steiger, H
Subsidised employment is an important tool of active labour market policies to improve the reemployment chances of the unemployed. Using unusually informative individual data from administrative records, we investigate the effects of two different schemes of subsidised temporary employment implemented in Switzerland: non-profit employment programmes (EP) and a subsidy for temporary jobs (TEMP) in private and public firms. Econometric matching methods show that TEMP is more successful than EP in getting the unemployed back to work. Compared to not participating in any programme, EP and TEMP are ineffective for unemployed who find jobs easily anyway or have a short unemployment spell. For potential and actual long-term unemployed, both programmes may have positive effects, but the effect of TEMP is larger
Labour Economics (2005) 12(6), 807-835

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