Individual Incentives in Program Participation: Splitting Up the Process in Assignment and Enrollment

34 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Andrea Weber

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

Abstract

In this paper we investigate two stages in the process that leads to participation in ALMP programs. We use unique administrative data from the Austrian unemployment registers which allow us to distinguish between caseworker assignment and actual program enrollment. Although 25% of newly unemployed workers are assigned to a program, only half of them enroll and participate in the program longer than 5 days. This difference between assignment and enrollment rates cannot be explained by job entries, program cancelations, or rejected program applications alone. Therefore we analyze the influence of observable characteristics on each stage of the participation process. We find that beside policy regulations individual worker incentives play an important role in determining program participation.

Keywords: unemployment, active labor market policy, evaluation

JEL Classification: J24, J68

Suggested Citation

Weber, Andrea Michaela, Individual Incentives in Program Participation: Splitting Up the Process in Assignment and Enrollment. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Andrea Michaela Weber (Contact Author)

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