Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/166016
Authors: 
Hall, Caroline King Barnard
Kotakorpi, Kaisa
Liljeberg, Linus
Pirttilä, Jukka
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2016:15
Abstract: 
We study the anatomy of responses to a major activation programme targeted at unemployed youth, introduced in Sweden in 2007. We use a regression discontinuity design to analyse individual reactions to the programme. We find that individuals who have a relatively high predicted probability of finding a job respond to the threat of activation, whereas there is no significant effect for individuals in a weaker labour market position. This is consistent with activation programmes working as a screening device between those who are able to find work on their own vs. those who are not. In addition to examining traditional predictors of poor labour market outcomes (e.g. education and school dropout status), we find a strong concentration of health problems among individuals with poor labour market prospects. We use register data covering the entire Swedish population, including very detailed information on health.
Subjects: 
activation
unemployment
health
school drop-outs
JEL: 
J64
J68
I10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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