Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2014:6: To meet or not to meet, that is the question - short-run effects of high-frequency meetings with case workers

Gerard J. van den Berg (), Lene Back Kjaersgaard () and Michael Rosholm ()
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Gerard J. van den Berg: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Lene Back Kjaersgaard: Aarhus University, Postal: Denmark
Michael Rosholm: Aarhus University, Postal: Denmark

Abstract: We investigate the effects of meetings between the unemployed and their case workers on the transition rate from unemployment to employment using detailed Danish event history data obtained from administrative registers. We find large positive effects of meetings. The transition rate strongly increases in the week the meeting is held, and this effect persists for some weeks after the meeting. The effect size tends to increase with the number of meetings. The effect of the first meeting on the transition rate to work does not depend on the timing of the meeting.

Keywords: Unemployment; active labor market policy; unemployment duration; treatment effects; meetings; job search assistance; employment agency

JEL-codes: C31; J64

29 pages, March 10, 2014

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