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Title:Vocational Training of Unemployed Workers in Belgium PDF Logo
Authors:Cockx, Bart Leo Wim
Issue Date: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
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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