Channels Through Which Public Employment Services and Small Business Assistance Programmes Work

28 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010

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Núria Rodríguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Empirical evidence has found that public employment services (PES) and small business assistance (SBA) programmes are successful at getting the unemployed back to work. Policywise it is important to know which of these two programmes is more effective, for whom, and when. Using unusually rich survey data and matching methods, this study evaluates the relative effectiveness of PES and SBA for different subgroups in Romania in the late 1990s, where the outcome variables involve earnings, employment and unemployment in 2000–1 and early 2002. It finds that heterogeneity matters and that these programmes need to be tailored to the problem at hand.

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria, Channels Through Which Public Employment Services and Small Business Assistance Programmes Work. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 72, Issue 4, pp. 458-485, August 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1626530 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2010.00593.x

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