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Title:Do hiring subsidies reduce unemployment among the elderly? Evidence from two natural experiments PDF Logo
Authors:Ammermüller, Andreas
Zwick, Thomas
Boockmann, Bernhard
Maier, Michael
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 07-001
Abstract:We estimate the effects of hiring subsidies for older workers on transitions from unemployment to employment in Germany. Using a natural experiment, our first set of estimates is based on a legal change extending the group of eligible unemployed persons. A subsequent legal change in the opposite direction is used to validate these results. Our data cover the population of unemployed jobseekers in Germany and was specifically made available for our purposes from administrative data. Consistent support for an employment effect of hiring subsidies can only be found for women in East Germany. Concerning other population groups, firms´ hiring behavior is hardly influenced by the program and hiring subsidies mainly lead to deadweight effects.
Subjects:Hiring subsidies
older workers
evaluation
natural experiments
JEL:C31
H24
J64
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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