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Statistically Assisted Programme Selection - International Experiences and Potential Benefits for Switzerland

Markus Frölich (), Michael Lechner and Heidi Steiger

Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), 2003, vol. 139, issue III, 311-331

Abstract: The need for better targeting of active labour market programmes is evident from the many evaluation studies that find insignificant or even negative effects. A statistical system could contribute to a more precise targeting of labour market programmes to those individuals who are likely to benefit from them. Such a system could assist caseworkers in selecting adequate programmes on an individual basis. In this paper, international experiences with these systems are surveyed and a potential approach for Switzerland is developed. The simulated outcomes indicate that a statistical selection system could have contributed to a substantial re-employment increase.

Keywords: Active labour market policy; profiling; targeting; statistical treatment rules (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J68 H00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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