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Evaluating Active Labor Market Programs in Romania

Núria Rodriguez-Planas and Jacob Benus

No 2464, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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 survey data and propensity score matching, we find that three programs (training and retraining, small business 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. We also find that there is considerable heterogeneity, which suggests that targeting may improve the effectiveness of these programs.

Keywords: propensity score matching; net social benefits; transition economies; active labour market programs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
Date: 2006-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ppm and nep-tra
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Published - published in: Empirical Economics, 2010, 38 (1), 65-84

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