The Impact of Employment Policy Interventions

Labour Market Bulletin, Vol. 2000-2002, Special Issue, pp. 57-100, 2002

44 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2006

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David C. Maré

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; University of Waikato - Economics

Abstract

This paper estimates the impact of different categories of employment policy interventions on subsequent outcomes for jobseekers. We generate a range of estimates to help us distinguish programme effects from selection effects. We also examine the robustness of our findings for a range of sub-populations. Referrals to vacancies and job subsidies appear to be most effective in reducing the number of weeks of assistance or contact that jobseekers subsequently have with the public employment agency. The favourable estimated impact of subsidies is not evident until at least a year after the subsidy starts. There are only small differences in the estimated effectiveness across different ethnic groups. Interventions appear to be more effective for males than for females, and to a lesser extent more effective for younger than for older jobseekers. We find evidence to suggest that programme effectiveness is counter-cyclical.

Keywords: active labour market policy, evaluation, propensity matching

JEL Classification: H50, J68

Suggested Citation

Maré, David C., The Impact of Employment Policy Interventions. Labour Market Bulletin, Vol. 2000-2002, Special Issue, pp. 57-100, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=922137

David C. Maré (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

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Wellington, 6021
New Zealand
64-4-9394250 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.motu.org.nz

University of Waikato - Economics

New Zealand

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