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Monitoring job search effort: An evaluation based on a regression discontinuity design

Bart Cockx () and Muriel Dejemeppe ()

Labour Economics, 2012, vol. 19, issue 5, 729-737

Abstract: Since July 2004, the job search effort of long-term unemployed benefit claimants has been monitored in Belgium. We exploit the discontinuity in the treatment assignment at the age of 30 present in the first year of the reform to evaluate the effect of a notification sent at least eight months before job search is verified. Eight months after this notification and prior to the first monitoring interview, transitions to employment have increased by nearly nine percentage points compared to the counterfactual of no reform. Participation in training is raised, but not significantly, while withdrawals from the labor force are not affected.

Keywords: Evaluation; Monitoring job search; Regression discontinuity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 J64 J65 J68 H43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.05.017

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