Too Bad to Benefit? Effect Heterogeneity of Public Training Programs

46 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Ulf Rinne

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marc Schneider

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This study analyzes the treatment effects of public training programs for the unemployed in Germany. Based on propensity score matching methods we extend the picture that has been sketched in previous studies by estimating treatment effects of medium-term programs for different sub-groups with respect to vocational education and age. Our results indicate that program participation has a positive impact on employment probabilities for all sub-groups. Participants also seem to find more often higher paid jobs than non-participants. However, we find only little evidence for the presence of heterogeneous treatment effects, and the magnitude of the differences is quite small. Our results are thus - at least in part - conflicting with the strategy to increasingly provide training to individuals with better employment prospects.

Keywords: program evaluation, active labor market policy, effect heterogeneity, public training programs, matching

JEL Classification: J64, J68, H43

Suggested Citation

Rinne, Ulf and Schneider, Marc and Uhlendorff, Arne, Too Bad to Benefit? Effect Heterogeneity of Public Training Programs. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136402 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Ulf Rinne (Contact Author)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.iza.org/profile?key=1844

Marc Schneider

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
+49 228 - 3894-122 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.iza.org

Arne Uhlendorff

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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