Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124884
Authors: 
Rehwald, Kai
Rosholm, Michael
Svarer, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9365
Abstract: 
This paper compares the effectiveness of public and private providers of employment services. Reporting from a randomized field experiment conducted in Denmark we assess empirically the case for contracting out employment services for a well-defined group of highly educated job-seekers (unemployed holding a university degree). Our findings suggest, first, that private providers deliver more intense, employment-oriented, and earlier services. Second, public and private provision of employment services are equally effective regarding subsequent labour market outcomes. And third, the two competing service delivery systems appear to be equally costly from a public spending perspective.
Subjects: 
active labour market policies
job-search assistance
contracting out
private provision of employment services
treatment effect evaluation
randomized trial
cost-analysis
JEL: 
J64
J68
H41
H43
H44
L33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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