To Meet or Not to Meet (Your Case Worker) – that is the Question

28 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2012

See all articles by Gerard J. van den Berg

Gerard J. van den Berg

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

Lene Kjaersgaard

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Rosholm

Aarhus University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Amternes og Kommunernes Forskningsinstitut (AKF)

Abstract

We investigate the effects of meetings between the unemployed and their case workers on the transition rate from unemployment to employment using detailed Danish event history data obtained from administrative registers. We find large positive effects of meetings. The transition rate strongly increases in the week the meeting is held, and this effect persists for some weeks after the meeting. The effect size tends to increase with the number of meetings. The effect of the first meeting on the transition rate to work does not depend on the timing of the meeting.

Keywords: unemployment, active labor market policy, unemployment duration, treatment effects, meetings, job search assistance, case worker

JEL Classification: C31, J64

Suggested Citation

van den Berg, Gerard J. and Kjaersgaard, Lene and Rosholm, Michael, To Meet or Not to Meet (Your Case Worker) – that is the Question. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6476. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2039662

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