Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82175
Authors: 
Richardson, Katarina
van den Berg, Gerard J.
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2002:8
Abstract: 
Amongst the active labor market policy programs for the unemployed in Sweden, the vocational employment training program is the most ambitious and expensive. We analyze its effect on the individual transition rate from unemployment to employment using a unique set of administrative data and a novel empirical approach that exploits variation in the timing of training and exit to work. The approach involves the estimation of duration models, and it allows us to quantify the individual effect of training in the presence of selectivity on unobservables. The data contain the full population of unemployed in the period 1993-2000 and include multiple unemployment spells for many individuals. The results indicate a significantly positive effect on exit to work after exiting the program. Its magnitude is very large shortly after leaving the course but diminishes afterwards. If we also take account of the time spent in the program then the net effect of participation in the program on the mean unemployment duration is close to zero.
Subjects: 
Vocational training
program evaluation
duration analysis
Swedish labor market
selectivity bias
treatment effect
JEL: 
I28
J24
J64
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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