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Lechner, Michael
Miquel, Ruth
Wunsch, Conny
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IZA Discussion Papers 1684
We analyse the effects of government-sponsored training for the unemployed conducted during East German transition. For the microeconometric analysis, we use a new, large and informative administrative database that allows us to use matching methods to reduce potential selection bias, to study different types of programmes, and to observe interesting labour market outcomes over 8 years. We find that, generally, all training programmes under investigation increase long-term employment prospects and earnings. However, as an important exception, the longer training programmes are on average not helpful for their male participants. At least part of the explanation for this negative result is that caseworkers severely misjudged the structure of the future demand for skills.
active labour market policy
nonparametric identification
matching estimation
causal effects
programme evaluation
panel data
gender differences
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Working Paper

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