Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161064
Authors: 
Fitzenberger, Bernd
Furdas, Marina
Sajons, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10441
Abstract: 
This study re-estimates the employment effects of training programs for the unemployed using exogenous variation in participation caused by budget rules in Germany in the 1980s and early 1990s, resulting in the infamous "end-of-year spending". In addition to estimating complier effects with 2SLS, we implement a flexible control-function approach to obtain the average treatment effect on the treated (ATT). Our findings are: Participants who are only selected for budgetary reasons do not benefit from training programs. However, the ATT estimates suggest modest positive effects in the long run. Longer programs are more effective than shorter and more practice-oriented programs.
Subjects: 
training for the unemployed
budgetary conditions
administrative data
Germany
JEL: 
J64
J68
H43
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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