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Evaluating Active Labor Markets in Romania

Núria Rodriguez-Planas () and Jacob Benus

UFAE and IAE Working Papers from Unitat de Fonaments de l'Anàlisi Econòmica (UAB) and Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (CSIC)

Abstract: We evaluate the presence of effects from joining one of four active labour market programs in Romania in the late 1990s compared to the no-program state. Using rich follow-up survey data and propensity score matching, we find that three programs (training and retraining, self-employment assistance, and employment and relocation services) had success in improving participants' economic outcomes and were cost-beneficial from society's perspective. In contrast, public employment was found detrimental for the employment prospects of its participants.

Keywords: Active labour market programs; propensity score matching; transition economies; and net social benefits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J64 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42
Date: 2007-05-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lab and nep-tra
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