Assisting the Long-Term Unemployed: Results from a Randomized Trial

34 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2002

See all articles by Robert V. Breunig

Robert V. Breunig

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yvonne Dunlop

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology

Marion Terrill

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

Date Written: November 2002

Abstract

Welfare reform in Australia centres on the concept of both economic and social participation. The policy concern is that people who fail to participate in economic and social life may become entrenched in disadvantage. In 2000 - 2001, a randomized trial was conducted by the Department of Family and Community Services in order to assess whether an intensive interview with successive follow-ups would result in increased economic and social participation for unemployed individuals who had been on income support for more than five years. We find evidence that participation in the trial led to a reduction in average weekly hours of work, but increased the amount of hours spent in study or training programs and the proportion of individuals engaged in such programs. We also find evidence of increased social integration associated with participation in the trial.

Keywords: Active Labor Market Programs, Counseling and Monitoring, Long-term Unemployment, Propensity Score Matching, Welfare Reform

JEL Classification: H3, I38, J68

Suggested Citation

Breunig, Robert V. and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Dunlop, Yvonne and Terrill, Marion, Assisting the Long-Term Unemployed: Results from a Randomized Trial (November 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 628. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=358140

Robert V. Breunig (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney ( email )

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The University of Sydney
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Australia
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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Yvonne Dunlop

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology

P.O. Box 14428
Melbourne City, Victoria 8001
Australia

Marion Terrill

Government of the Commonwealth of Australia - Department of Family, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) ( email )

Tuggeranong Office Park
Athllon Drive
Greenway, ACT 2905
Australia

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