Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2004:1: Statistically assisted programme selection - International experiences and potential benefits for Switzerland

Markus Frölich (), Michael Lechner () and Heidi Steiger ()
Additional contact information
Markus Frölich: Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), Postal: Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9000 St. Gallen
Michael Lechner: Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), Postal: Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9000 St. Gallen
Heidi Steiger: Universität Gt. Gallen, Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), Postal: Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9000 St. Gallen

Abstract: The need for better targeting of active labour market programmes is evident from the many evaluation studies that find insignificant or even negative effects. A statistical system could contribute to a more precise targeting of labour market programmes to those individuals who are likely to benefit from them. Such a system could assist caseworkers in selecting adequate programmes on an individual basis. In this paper, international experiences with these systems are surveyed and a potential approach for Switzerland is developed. The simulated outcomes indicate that a statistical selection system could have contributed to a substantial re-employment increase.

Keywords: Active labour market policy; profiling; targeting; statistical treatment rules

JEL-codes: J68

31 pages, September 1, 2003

Full text files

wp04-01.pdf PDF-file 

Download statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Ali Ghooloo ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ().

This page generated on 2018-03-18 13:49:12.