Active Labour Market Policy Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis

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David Card

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jochen Kluve

Humboldt University of Berlin; RWI; IZA

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)

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Abstract

This article presents a meta-analysis of recent microeconometric evaluations of active labour market policies. We categorise 199 programme impacts from 97 studies conducted between 1995 and 2007. Job search assistance programmes yield relatively favourable programme impacts, whereas public sector employment programmes are less effective. Training programmes are associated with positive medium-term impacts, although in the short term they often appear ineffective. We also find that the outcome variable used to measure programme impact matters, but neither the publication status of a study nor the use of a randomised design is related to the sign or significance of the programme estimate.

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Card, David E. and Kluve, Jochen and Weber, Andrea Michaela, Active Labour Market Policy Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis. The Economic Journal, Vol. 120, Issue 548, pp. F452-F477, November 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694835 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02387.x

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