Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2003:2: The impact of active labor market programs on municipal services

Eva Mörk ()
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Eva Mörk: IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: Just like any other employer, the municipalities can engage participants in active labor market programs in their activities. Does this possibility affect the output of municipal services? In order to answer this question a measure for output of locally provided schooling is created using factor analysis methods. It turns out that this measure is preferable to the traditionally used variable; spending. The possibility for municipalities to engage participants in active labor market programs in their activities seems to have a negative effect on the price for schooling. Prices, in turn, have a positive impact on output of schooling. Taken together, these results indicate that participants in active labor market programs contribute to production and that these contributions are not neutralized by displacement effects.

Keywords: Local public services; factor analysis methods; active labor market programs

JEL-codes: C23; H42; H70

33 pages, January 14, 2003

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