Microeconometric Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies

University of St. Gallen, Department of Economics, Discussion Paper No. 2002-20

32 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2003

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Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

Many European countries entertain considerable active labour market policies (ALMP) to increase the reemployment chances of the unemployed. Since policies are very costly the pressure for scientific evaluations of the single programmes that are part of the ALMP increases. This paper surveys recent developments in the methodology of microeconometric evaluation that emphasises the issue of nonparametric identification of causal effects as a pre-requisite for reliable estimation and policy conclusions. The paper concludes with some brief remarks about recent empirical evaluations of the Swiss ALMP.

JEL Classification: J68

Suggested Citation

Lechner, Michael, Microeconometric Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policies (September 2002). University of St. Gallen, Department of Economics, Discussion Paper No. 2002-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=345720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.345720

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