Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs) often exclusively target towards the long-term unemployed. Although it might be more efficient to intervene earlier in order to prevent long-term unemployment rather than to cure it, the climate of austerity in Eurozone countries is spreading a tendency to further reduce the basic counselling for those who become unemployed. This study investigates the impact on employment chances of a relatively light and inexpensive intervention. In a field experiment in a public employment office in Flanders, a random selection of clients were invited for a mandatory information session in the first month of the unemployment spell, while the control group were invited after four months of unemployment. Although the average intention to-treat effect we find is not significant, the early intervention appears to be very beneficial for those with low education.
- d04 - "Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation"
- d61 - "Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis"
- j64 - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- j68 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies: Public Policy
- active labour market policies
- natural field experiment
- Active Labour Market Policies
- Natural field experiment