Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34357
Authors: 
Behnke, Stefanie
Frölich, Markus
Lechner, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3085
Abstract: 
We evaluate a randomized experiment of a statistical support system developed to assist caseworkers in Swiss employment offices in choosing appropriate active labour market programmes for their unemployed clients. This statistical support system predicted the labour market outcome for each programme and thereby suggested an 'optimal' labour market programme for each unemployed person. The support system was piloted in several employment offices. In those pilot offices, half of the caseworkers used the system and the other half acted as control group. The allocation of the caseworkers to treatment and control group was random. The experiment was designed such that caseworkers retained full discretion about the choice of active labour market programmes, and the evaluation results showed that caseworkers largely ignored the statistical support system. This indicates that stronger incentives are needed for caseworkers to comply with statistical profiling and targeting systems.
Subjects: 
Profiling
active labour market programmes
ALMP
statistical treatment rules
unemployment
public employment services
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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