Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20655
Authors: 
Cockx, Bart Leo Wim
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 682
Abstract: 
In this paper we estimate, for the 1989-93 period in Belgium, the effect of vocational classroom training on the rate of transition from unemployment. We propose a ?control function? estimator accounting for variable treatment effects. In the absence of interaction effects between explanatory variables this estimator identifies treatment effects free from selection bias. A natural experiment induces exogenous sub-regional variation in the training supply. This provides over-identifying restrictions that cannot be rejected. During participation, the transition rate decreases by 23% to 30%. Afterwards it increases by 47% to 73%. Making training available for a broader population would, however, reduce the effectiveness of the programme.
Subjects: 
vocational training
evaluation
transition models
job-search
JEL: 
J68
J64
C41
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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