The Effectiveness of Active Labor Market Policies: A Meta‐Analysis

25 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Melvin Vooren

University of Amsterdam

Carla Haelermans

Maastricht University - Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER)

Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink

University of Amsterdam

Wim Groot

Maastricht University; University of Amsterdam

Date Written: February 2019

Abstract

This paper provides a meta‐analysis of microeconometric evaluation studies on the effectiveness of active labor market policies. The analysis is built upon a systematically assembled data set of causal impact estimates from 57 experimental and quasi‐experimental studies, providing 654 estimates published between January 1990 and December 2017. We distinguish between the short and longer term impacts in our analysis; at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months after program start. After correcting for publication bias and country‐specific macroeconomic characteristics, subsidized labor and public employment programs have negative short‐term impacts, which gradually turn positive in the longer run. Schemes with enhanced services including job‐search assistance and training programs do not have these negative short‐term effects, and stay positive from 6 until 36 months after program start.

Keywords: Active labor market policy evaluation, Meta‐analysis, Effect size, Publication bias, Meta‐regression

Suggested Citation

Vooren, Melvin and Haelermans, Carla and Maassen van den Brink, Henriëtte and Groot, Wim, The Effectiveness of Active Labor Market Policies: A Meta‐Analysis (February 2019). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 125-149, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312341 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12269

Melvin Vooren (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Carla Haelermans

Maastricht University - Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research (TIER) ( email )

Postbus 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink

University of Amsterdam

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Wim Groot

Maastricht University ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

University of Amsterdam

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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