Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98945
Authors: 
Markussen, Simen
Røed, Knut
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8245
Abstract: 
We evaluate a comprehensive activation program in Norway targeted at hard-to-employ social assistance claimants with reduced work capacity. The program offers a combination of tailored rehabilitation, training and job practice, and a generous, stable, and non-means-tested benefit. Its main aims are to mitigate poverty and subsequently promote self-supporting employment. Our evaluation strategy exploits a geographically staggered program introduction, and the causal effects are identified on the basis of changes in employment prospects that coincide with local program implementation in a way that correlates with the predicted probability of becoming a participant. We find that the program raised employment prospects considerably.
Subjects: 
poverty
vocational rehabilitation
social insurance
treatment effects
program evaluation
JEL: 
C21
C26
H55
I30
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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