Evaluating Active Labor Market Programs in Romania

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Núria Rodríguez-Planas

City University New York (CUNY), Queens College; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jacob Benus

IMPAQ International LLC

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

We evaluate the presence of effects from joining one of four active labour market programs in Romania in the late 1990s compared to the no-program state. Using rich survey data and propensity score matching, we find that three programs (training and retraining, small business assistance, and employment and relocation services) had success in improving participants' economic outcomes and were cost-beneficial from society's perspective. In contrast, public employment was found detrimental for the employment prospects of its participants. We also find that there is considerable heterogeneity, which suggests that targeting may improve the effectiveness of these programs.

Keywords: active labour market programs, propensity score matching, transition economies, net social benefits

JEL Classification: J68

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez-Planas, Nuria and Benus, Jacob, Evaluating Active Labor Market Programs in Romania (November 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2464, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=949183

Nuria Rodriguez-Planas (Contact Author)

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