Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2009:16: Experimental evidence from intensified placement efforts among unemployed in Sweden

Pathric Hägglund ()
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Pathric Hägglund: Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, Postal: SE-106 91 Stockholm

Abstract: This paper uses experimental data to study the effects of participation in intensified placement efforts on subsequent job chances and earnings. Five small-scale experiments were performed in four different regions of Sweden in 2004 and the control groups were offered the PES regular services. Due to small samples, many of the impact estimates were imprecise and insignificant. However, the services generally reduced unemployment among the treated. I find significantly enhanced exits to either jobs or other activities (or both) in four of the experiments. Three of the experiments also report positive effects on employment probability and earnings in the years following the programme. Finally, combining job-search assistance and monitoring of job search generated significantly better results than monitoring alone in one of the experiment locations.

Keywords: Active labour market policy evaluation; randomised social experiment; placement efforts

JEL-codes: C93; J64

40 pages, June 15, 2009

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