The Effects of Short-Term Training Measures on the Individual Unemployment Duration in West Germany

31 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2006 Last revised: 26 Aug 2008

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Reinhard Hujer

University of Frankfurt; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephan L. Thomsen

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy Department

Christopher Zeiss

University of Frankfurt - Economics and Business Administration Area

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Short-term training measures are the most important intervention of German active labor market policy in terms of persons promoted. However, evidence on the impacts of programs is missing. This study analyzes the effects of these programs on the individual unemployment duration in West Germany. By applying a multivariate mixed proportional hazards model, we are able to consider information of the timing of treatment in the unemployment spell as well as observable and unobservable factors to control for selectivity. Moreover, we allow treatment effects to vary over time and take account of heterogeneity in the effects due to individual differences.

Keywords: Training Measures, Active Labor Market Policy, West Germany, Multivariate Mixed Proportional Hazards, Time-Varying Treatment Effects

JEL Classification: J64, J24, I28, C41, C14

Suggested Citation

Hujer, Reinhard and Thomsen, Stephan Lothar and Zeiss, Christopher, The Effects of Short-Term Training Measures on the Individual Unemployment Duration in West Germany (2006). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 06-065. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=932043 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.932043

Reinhard Hujer (Contact Author)

University of Frankfurt ( email )

Institute for Statistics and Econometrics
60054 Frankfurt
Germany
+49 798 23673 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Stephan Lothar Thomsen

Leibniz Universität Hannover - Institute of Economics ( email )

United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy Department ( email )

P.O.Box 10 34 43
D-68034
Germany

Christopher Zeiss

University of Frankfurt - Economics and Business Administration Area ( email )

P.O. Box 11 19 32
Mertonstrasse 17
60054 Frankfurt
Germany
+49 (0) 69 798 28345 (Phone)
+49 (0) 69 798 23673 (Fax)

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