A Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland

40 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2002

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Michael Gerfin

University of Bern; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Michael Lechner

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

Abstract

In the late 1990s, Switzerland introduced an ambitious active labour market policy (ALMP) encompassing several programmes. We evaluate their effects on the individual employment probability using unusually informative data from administrative records. Using a matching estimator for multiple programmes, we find positive effects for one particular programme unique to the Swiss ALMP. It consists of a wage subsidy for temporary jobs in the regular labour market that would otherwise not be taken up by the unemployed. We also find negative effects for traditional employment programmes operated in sheltered labour markets. For training courses, the results are mixed.

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Gerfin, Michael and Lechner, Michael, A Microeconometric Evaluation of the Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=347123

Michael Gerfin (Contact Author)

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Michael Lechner

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

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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
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