Effective Active Labor Market Policies

40 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2004

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Jan Boone

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); TILEC

Jan C. van Ours

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

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Date Written: October 2004

Abstract

We present a theoretical and empirical analysis of different types of active labor market policies (ALMP). In our empirical analysis, we use data on 20 OECD countries covering the time period 1985-1999. We find that labor market training is the most effective program to bring down unemployment. Public employment services have some impact while subsidized jobs are not effective at all. Our theory considers ALMP in the context of a search-matching model.

Keywords: Unemployment, active labor market programs, training, subsidized jobs, public employment services

JEL Classification: H55, J65, J68

Suggested Citation

Boone, Jan and van Ours, Jan C., Effective Active Labor Market Policies (October 2004). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4707. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=641561

Jan Boone (Contact Author)

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Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

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Australia

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