Berger, Eva M. Koenig, Guenther Mueller, Henning Schmidt, Felix Schunk, Daniel
Year of Publication:
CESifo Working Paper 6246
Recent evidence suggests that self-regulation plays an important role for labor market success. We conducted a randomized natural field experiment embedded in an existing labor market reactivation program to examine the effect of a self-regulation training on long-term unemployed individuals. First, we find a positive treatment effect on the quality of submitted CVs. Second, there is no overall treatment effect on (short-term) labor market reintegration, but heterogeneous effects with respect to participants’ Locus of Control that are consistent with psychological theory. The low costs of our intervention suggest high individual and social rates of return from a roll-out to other programs.
active labor market policy natural field experiment Germany labor market reintegration unemployment reemployment self-regulation locus of control non-cognitive skills