Does Early Intervention Help the Unemployed Youth?

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Working Paper No. 2002:10

34 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2002

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Laura Larsson

IFAU - Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Kenneth Carling

Uppsala University

Date Written: June 24, 2002

Abstract

This paper evaluates a measure targeted at unemployed individuals aged 20-24. The main purpose of the measure is to prevent long-term unemployment by guaranteeing an assignment to some labor market program within 100 days of unemployment. Municipalities voluntarily agree to offer the guarantee. To identify the effect of the measure, we use three conditions: The guarantee covers individuals aged 24 but not 25, one fifth of the municipalities does not provide the guarantee, and the guarantee existed in 1998 but not in 1997. We find no evidence that the measure did significantly improve the future labor market situation of the youth, which suggests that early intervention in the unemployment spell is not important.

Keywords: Guarantee, program evaluation, regression-discontinuity design

JEL Classification: C14, J64, J68

Suggested Citation

Larsson, Laura and Carling, Kenneth, Does Early Intervention Help the Unemployed Youth? (June 24, 2002). IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Working Paper No. 2002:10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=319063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.319063

Laura Larsson (Contact Author)

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Kenneth Carling

Uppsala University ( email )

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