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Do Lower Caseloads Improve the Performance of Public Employment Services? New Evidence from German Employment Offices


Jens Hainmueller


Stanford University - Department of Political Science; Stanford Graduate School of Business

Barbara Hofmann


Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Gerhard Krug


Institute for Employment Research (IAB); University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Chair of Empirial Economic Sociology

Katja Wolf


Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

July 2015

Scandinavian Journal of Economics (Forthcoming)

Abstract:     
The caseworker-to-clients ratio is an important, but understudied, policy parameter that affects both the quality and cost of public employment services that help job seekers find employment. We exploit a large-scale pilot by Germany's employment agency that hired 490 additional caseworkers in 14 of its 779 offices. We find that lowering caseloads caused a decrease in the rate and duration of local unemployment as well as a higher re-employment rate. Disentangling the mechanisms that contributed to this improvement, we find that offices with lowered caseloads increased monitoring and imposed more sanctions but also intensified search efforts and registered additional vacancies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: unemployment, job search, active labor market policy

JEL Classification: C14, H43, H83, J68


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Date posted: September 13, 2011 ; Last revised: July 3, 2015

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Hainmueller, Jens and Hofmann, Barbara and Krug, Gerhard and Wolf, Katja, Do Lower Caseloads Improve the Performance of Public Employment Services? New Evidence from German Employment Offices (July 2015). Scandinavian Journal of Economics (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1926683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1926683

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Jens Hainmueller (Contact Author)
Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/~jhain/
Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
518 Memorial Way
Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States
Barbara Hofmann
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )
Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany
Gerhard Krug
Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )
Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.iab.de/asp/mitarbeiterDB/showMitarbeiter.asp?pkyMitarbeiter=207
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg - Chair of Empirial Economic Sociology ( email )
Findelgasse 7/9
Nuremberg, 90402
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.sozialforschung.rw.uni-erlangen.de/lehrstuhlteam/mitarbeiterinnen/gerhard-krug.shtml
Katja Wolf
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB) ( email )
Regensburger Str. 104
Nuremberg, 90478
Germany
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