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Department of Economics, University of Oslo Memorandum

No 15/2002:
Do individual programme effects exceed the costs? Norwegian evidence on long run effects of labour market training

Oddbjørn Raaum (), Hege Torp () and Tao Zhang ()

Abstract: Individual long run effects of a labour market training programme targeted at unemployed adults are evaluated by comparing mean post-training earnings for matched samples of participants and non-participants. Average training effects on the trained are positive and persistent over the posttraining period of 5 years. Participants without recent work experience, prior to the training, gain less. For participants with recent work experience the present value of the 5 years accumulated earnings effect exceeds the direct costs of the training.

Keywords: Training unemployed; causal effects; matching estimators; accumulated long run effects; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C14; J64; J68; (follow links to similar papers)

60 pages, June 17, 2003

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