Does 'Work for the Dole' work?: an Australian perspective on work experience programmes
Jeff Borland () and
Applied Economics, 2011, vol. 43, issue 28, 4353-4368
This study examines the effect of Work for the Dole (WfD), a community-based work experience programme, on transitions out of unemployment in Australia. To evaluate the WfD programme, a quasi-experimental exact matching approach is applied. Participation in the WfD programme is found to be associated with a large and significant adverse effect on the likelihood of exiting unemployment payments. The main potential explanation is the existence of a 'lock-in' effect whereby programme participants reduce job search activity.
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