The effectiveness of active labour market policies: A meta-analysis

Melvin Vooren*, Carla Haelermans, Wim Groot, Henriette Maassen van den Brink

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Abstract

This paper provides a meta-analysis of microeconometric evaluation studies on the effectiveness of active labor market policies. The analysis is built upon a systematically assembled data set of causal impact estimates from 57 experimental and quasi-experimental studies, providing 654 estimates published between January 1990 and December 2017. We distinguish between the short and longer term impacts in our analysis; at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months after program start. After correcting for publication bias and country-specific macroeconomic characteristics, subsidized labor and public employment programs have negative short-term impacts, which gradually turn positive in the longer run. Schemes with enhanced services including job-search assistance and training programs do not have these negative short-term effects, and stay positive from 6 until 36 months after program start.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-149
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Economic Surveys
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Keywords

  • Active labor market policy evaluation
  • Meta-analysis
  • Effect size
  • Publication bias
  • Meta-regression
  • TRAINING-PROGRAMS
  • UNEMPLOYED BACK
  • MICROECONOMETRIC EVALUATION
  • PUBLICATION SELECTION
  • EAST-GERMANY
  • WORK
  • EMPLOYMENT
  • OUTCOMES
  • JOBS
  • ASSISTANCE

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