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Active Labor Market Policy Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis


David Card


University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jochen Kluve


Humboldt University of Berlin; RWI; IZA

Andrea Weber


University of Mannheim; Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

March 1, 2009

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2570
Ruhr Economic Paper No. 86

Abstract:     
This paper presents a meta-analysis of recent microeconometric evaluations of active labor market policies. Our sample consists of 199 program estimates drawn from 97 studies conducted between 1995 and 2007. In about one-half of these cases we have both a short-term impact estimate (for a one-year post-program horizon) and a medium-term estimate (two-year horizon). We characterize the program estimates according to the type and duration of the program, the characteristics of the participants, and the evaluation methodology. Heterogeneity in all three dimensions affects the likelihood that an impact estimate is significantly positive, significantly negative, or statistically insignificant. Comparing program types, subsidized public sector employment programs have the least favorable impact estimates. Job search assistance programs have relatively favorable short-run impacts, whereas classroom and on-the-job training programs tend to show better outcomes in the medium-run than the short-run. Programs for youths are less likely to yield positive impacts than untargeted programs, but there are no large or systematic differences by gender. Methodologically, we find that the outcome variable used to measure program effectiveness matters. Evaluations based on registered unemployment durations are more likely to show favorable short-term impacts. Controlling for the outcome measure, and the type of program and participants, we find that experimental and non-experimental studies have similar fractions of significant negative and significant positive impact estimates, suggesting that the research designs used in recent non-experimental evaluations are unbiased.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: active labor market policy, program evaluation, meta-analysis

JEL Classification: H53, J08

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Date posted: March 11, 2009  

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Card, David and Kluve, Jochen and Weber, Andrea, Active Labor Market Policy Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis (March 1, 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2570; Ruhr Economic Paper No. 86. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1356534

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David E. Card
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Jochen Kluve
Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )
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University of Mannheim ( email )
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