Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161154
Authors: 
Muller, Paul
van der Klaauw, Bas
Heyma, Arjan
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10531
Abstract: 
We test whether different empirical methods give different results when evaluating job-search assistance programs. Budgetary problems at the Dutch unemployment insurance (UI) administration in March 2010, caused a sharp drop in the availability of these programs. Using administrative data provided by the UI administration, we evaluate the effect of the program using (1) the policy discontinuity as a quasi-experiment, (2) conventional matching methods, and (3) the timing-of-events model. All three methods use the same data to consider the same program in the same setting, and also yield similar results. The program reduces job finding during the first six months after enrollment. At longer durations, the quasi-experimental estimates are not significantly different from zero, while the non-experimental methods show a small negative effect.
Subjects: 
empirical policy evaluation
job-search assistance
unemployment duration
JEL: 
J64
C14
C31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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