Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2016:17: Active labor market policies

Bruno Crépon () and Gerard J. van den Berg
Additional contact information
Bruno Crépon: Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); IZA; CEPR; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Gerard J. van den Berg: Department of Economics, University of Bristol; IFAU; IZA; ZEW; CEPR; Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Abstract: Active labor market policies are massively used with the objective being to improve labor market outcomes of individuals out of work. Many observational evaluation studies have been published. In this review, we critically assess policy effectiveness. We emphasize insights from recent randomized controlled trials. In addition, we examine policy effects that have not been the primary object of most of the past evaluations, such as anticipatory effects of advance knowledge of future treatments and equilibrium effects, and we discuss the actual implementation of policies. We discuss the importance of heterogeneity of programs and effects and examine the extent to which potential participants are interested in enrollment. We also discuss the assessment of costs and benefits of programs.

Keywords: Active labor market program; evaluation; job search assistance; matching; subsidized jobs; training; unemployment; wages

JEL-codes: J08; J64

39 pages, October 26, 2016

Full text files

wp2016-17-active-labor-market-policies.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 13:49:25.