The Locking-In Effect of Subsidized Jobs

39 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2002

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2002


Recent evaluations of active labor market policies are not very optimistic about their effectiveness to bring unemployed back to work. An important reason is that unemployed get locked-in, that is they reduce their effort to find a regular job. This paper uses an administrative dataset from the Slovak Republic on durations of individual unemployment spells. The focus of the analysis is temporary subsidized jobs. By exploiting the variation in the duration of these jobs it is possible to investigate whether or not the locking-in effect is important. It turns out that it is.

Keywords: Unemployment, Active Labor Market Policy, Subsidized Jobs, Duration Models

JEL Classification: J68, C41

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., The Locking-In Effect of Subsidized Jobs (July 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 527; Paper will be presented at the Annual Conference on Transition Economics; WDI Working Paper No. 474. Available at SSRN:

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010

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