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Evaluation of Swedish youth labour market programmes
Abstract: This paper evaluates and compares the direct effects of
two Swedish active labour market programmes for youth, namely youth
practice and labour market training. Effectiveness of the programmes is
measured by subsequent annual earnings, re-employment probability, and
probability of regular education. A non-parametric matching approach based
on conditional independence assumption is applied to estimate the average
program effects. Moreover, the results obtained by matching are compared to
results from standard linear regression and probit models, and a
polychotomous selectivity model with unobserved individual heterogeneity.
The results indicate either zero or negative effects of both programmes in
the short run, whereas the long-run effects are mainly zero or slightly
positive. The results suggest furthermore that youth practice was better
than labour training. However, there is much heterogeneity in the estimated
treatment effects among the individuals.
Keywords: Active labour market policies; Balancing score; Evaluation; Matching; Propensity score; Selection; Treatment effects; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C14; C50; J38; J68; (follow links to similar papers)
71 pages, April 11, 2000
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Larsson, Laura, (2003), 'Evaluation of Swedish youth labour market programmes', Journal of Human Resoruces, Vol. 38, No. 4, pages 891-927
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