The Locking-In Effect of Subsidized Jobs

Posted: 16 Aug 2004

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Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Recent evaluations of the effectiveness of active labor market policies in bringing unemployed people back to work are not optimistic. After entering such a program, unemployed people tend to become locked-in to a temporary job so that they reduce their search for a regular job. This paper uses an administrative dataset on durations of individual unemployment spells to analyze temporary subsidized jobs. By exploiting the variation in the duration of these jobs, we investigate the importance of the locking-in effect.

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van Ours, Jan C., The Locking-In Effect of Subsidized Jobs. Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 1-196, March 2004. Available at SSRN:

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010

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