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Title:How a mandatory activation program reduces unemployment durations: the effects of distance PDF Logo
Authors:Krogh Graversen, Brian
van Ours, Jan C.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4079
Abstract:In an experimental setting some Danish unemployed workers were assigned to an activation program while others were not. Unemployed who were assigned to the activation program found a job more quickly. We show that the activation effect increases with the distance between the place of residence of the unemployed worker and the place where the activation took place. We also find that the quality of the post-unemployment jobs was not affected by the activation program. Both findings confirm that activation programs mainly work because they are compulsory and unemployed don't like them.
Subjects:Unemployment insurance
unemployment duration
experiment
activation programs
JEL:C41
H55
J64
J65
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090330128
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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