Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2009:1: Active labor market policy effects in a dynamic setting

Bruno Crépon , Marc Ferracci , Grégory Jolivet and Gerard J. van den Berg ()
Additional contact information
Bruno Crépon: CREST-INSEE
Marc Ferracci: University of Marne-la-Vallée
Grégory Jolivet: University of Bristol
Gerard J. van den Berg: IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: Box 513, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Abstract: This paper implements a method to identify and estimate treatment effects in a dynamic setting where treatments may occur at any point in time. By relating the standard matching approach to the timing-of-events approach, it demonstrates that effects of the treatment on the treated at a given date can be identified even though non-treated may be treated later in time. The approach builds on a "no anticipation" assumption and the assumption of conditional independence between the duration until treatment and the counterfactual durations until exit. To illustrate the approach, the paper studies the effect of training for unemployed workers in France, using a rich register data set. Training has little impact on unemployment duration. The contamination of the standard matching estimator due to later entries into treatment is large if the treatment probability is high.

Keywords: Treatment; program participation; unemployment duration; training; propensity score; matching; contamination bias

JEL-codes: J64

13 pages, January 20, 2009

Full text files

wp09-01.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 13:49:17.