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A Microeconometric Evaluation of Active Labour Market Policy in Switzerland

Michael Gerfin and Michael Lechner

No 2993, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: In the second half of the 1990s Switzerland introduced an ambitious active labour market policy (ALMP) encompassing a variety of programmes. We evaluate the effects of these programmes on individual employment probability using unusually informative data originating from administrative records. Using a matching estimator for multiple programmes, we find positive effects for one particular programme that is a unique feature of the Swiss ALMP. It consists of a wage subsidy for temporary jobs in the regular labour market that would otherwise not be taken up by the unemployed. We also find negative effects for traditional employment programmes operated in sheltered labour markets. For training courses the results are mixed.

Keywords: balancing score; evaluation of multiple programmes; matching; swiss labour market; treatment effects; unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C40 J64 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-10
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