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Title:Which Program for Whom? Evidence on the Comparative Effectiveness of Public Sponsored Training Programs in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Biewen, Martin
Fitzenberger, Bernd
Osikominu, Aderonke
Waller, Marie
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 07-042
Abstract:We use a new and exceptionally rich administrative data set for Germany to evaluate the employment effects of a variety of public sponsored training programs in the early 2000s. Building on the work of Sianesi (2003, 2004), we employ propensity score matching methods in a dynamic, multiple treatment framework in order to address program heterogeneity and dynamic selection into programs. Our results suggest that in West Germany both short-term and medium-term programs show considerable employment effects for certain population subgroups but in some cases the effects are zero in the medium run. Short-term programs are surprisingly effective when compared to the traditional and more expensive longer-term programs. With a few exceptions, we find little evidence for significant positive treatment effects in East Germany. There is some evidence that the employment effects decline for older workers and for low? skilled workers.
Subjects:evaluation
multiple treatments
dynamic treatment effects
local linear matching
active labor market programs
administrative data
JEL:H43
J68
C14
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
ZEW Discussion Papers

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