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Active Labour Market Policy in East Germany: Waiting for the Economy to Take Off


Michael Lechner


University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Conny Wunsch


University of Basel; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); University of St. Gallen

October 2006

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2363

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We investigate the effects of the most important East German active labour market programmes on the labour market outcomes of their participants. The analysis is based on a large and informative individual database coming from administrative data sources. Using matching methods, we find that over a horizon of 2.5 years after programme start the programmes fail to increase the employment chances of their participants in the regular labour market. However, the programmes may have other effects for their participants that may be considered important in the especially difficult situation experienced in the East German labour market.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: matching estimation, causal effects, programme evaluation, panel data

JEL Classification: J68

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Date posted: October 24, 2006  

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Lechner, Michael and Wunsch, Conny, Active Labour Market Policy in East Germany: Waiting for the Economy to Take Off (October 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2363. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=939498

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Michael Lechner (Contact Author)
University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research ( email )
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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
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Conny Wunsch
University of Basel ( email )
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University of St. Gallen ( email )
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