Are Job Search Programs a Promising Tool? A Microeconometric Evaluation for Austria

32 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2004

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Andrea Weber

Vienna University of Economics and Business; Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Helmut Hofer

Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

In Austria job search programs were introduced on a large scale in 1999. These programs aim at activating unemployed at an early stage and bringing them back to work by training job search related skills. We evaluate the impact of active labour market programs in Austria on individual unemployment durations, and allow program effects to vary between job search programs and formal training programs. We use the timing-of-events method which estimates the program effect as a shift in the transition rate from unemployment to jobs at the moment of program entry. We find that participation in job search programs significantly reduces unemployment durations, whereas formal training programs have a negative effect on unemployment durations.

Keywords: active labour market policy, treatment effect, multivariate duration model

JEL Classification: C14, C41, J64, J68

Suggested Citation

Weber, Andrea Michaela and Hofer, Helmut, Are Job Search Programs a Promising Tool? A Microeconometric Evaluation for Austria (March 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1075. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=525903

Andrea Michaela Weber (Contact Author)

Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

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Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Munich, DE-81679
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Helmut Hofer

Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna ( email )

Josefstädter Straße 39
1080 Vienna
Austria

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