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Title:Assessing the impact of a wage subsidy for single parents on social assistance in Canada PDF Logo
Authors:Lacroix, Guy
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4134
Abstract:In 2002 the Quebec government implemented the Action Emploi (AE) program aimed at making work pay for long-term social assistance recipients (SA). AE offered a generous wage subsidy that could last up to three years to recipients who found a full-time job within twelve months. The program was implemented on an experimental basis for a single year. Based on little empirical evidence, a slightly modified version of the program was implemented on permanent basis in May 2008. The paper investigates the impact of the temporary program by focusing on the labour market transitions of the targeted population starting one year before the implementation of the program and up until the end of 2005. We use a multi-state multi-episode model. The endogeneity of the participation status is accounted for by treating AE as a distinct state and by allowing correlated unobserved factors to affect the transitions. The model is estimated by the method of simulated moments. Our results show that AE has indeed increased the duration of Off-SA spells and decreased the duration of SA spells slightly. There is also some evidence that the response to the program varies considerably with unobserved individual characteristics.
Subjects:Wage subsidy
multi-state multi-episode transition model
social assistance
JEL:I38
J31
J64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090513323
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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