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dc.contributor.authorLechner, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Jeffrey A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:14:24Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:14:24Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20478-
dc.description.abstractWe investigate the allocation of unemployed individuals to different subprograms within Swiss active labour market policy by the caseworkers at local employment offices in Switzerland in 1998. We are particularly interested in whether the caseworkers allocate the unemployed to services in ways that will maximize the program-induced changes in their employment probabilities. Our econometric analysis uses unusually informative data originating from administrative unemployment and social security records. For the estimation we apply matching estimators adapted to the case of multiple programmes. The number of observations in this database is sufficiently high to allow for this nonparametric analysis to be conducted in narrowly defined subgroups. Our results indicate that Swiss caseworkers do not do a very good job of allocating their unemployed clients to the subprograms so as to maximize their subsequent employment prospects. Our findings suggest one of three possible conclusions. First, caseworkers may be trying to solve the problem of allocating the unemployed to maximize their subsequent employment, but may lack the skills or knowledge to do this. Second, caseworkers may have a goal other than efficiency, such as allocating the most expensive services to the least well-off clients, that is not explicit in the law regulating active labour market policies. Third, the distortions of the local decision process could be due to federal authorities imposing strict minimum participation requirements for the various programs at the regional level.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 728en_US
dc.subject.jelH00en_US
dc.subject.jelJ68en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordtargetingen_US
dc.subject.keywordstatistical profilingen_US
dc.subject.keywordstatistical treatment ruleen_US
dc.subject.keywordactive labour market policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordcaseworkersen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsvermittlungen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarktpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwBerufsbildungen_US
dc.subject.stwMatchingen_US
dc.subject.stwSch├Ątzungen_US
dc.subject.stwSchweizen_US
dc.titleWhat is the Value Added by Caseworkers?en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn360947220en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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