Dynamic Evaluation of Job Search Assistance
University of Amsterdam; VU University Amsterdam
Bas Van der Klaauw
VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Tinbergen Institute
January 1, 2011
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5424
This paper evaluates a job search assistance program for unemployment insurance recipients. The assignment to the program is dynamic. We provide a discussion on dynamic treatment effects and identification conditions. In the empirical analyses we use administrative data from a unique institutional environment. This allows us to compare different microeconometric evaluation estimators. All estimators find that the job search assistance program reduces the exit to work, in particular when provided early during the spell of unemployment. Furthermore, continuous-time (timing-of-events and regression discontinuity) methods are more robust than discrete-time (propensity score and regression discontinuity) methods.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Treatment Evaluation, Dynamic Enrollment, Empirical Evaluation
JEL Classification: C22, J64, J68working papers series
Date posted: January 18, 2011
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