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Using Financial Incentives and Improving Information to Increase Labour Market Success: A Non-Parametric Evaluation of the ‘Want2Work’ Programme

Joanne Lindley (), Jennifer Roberts, Steven McIntosh (), Carolyn Murray and Richard Edlin

No 2010013, Working Papers from The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics

Abstract: The 'Want2Work' programme was designed to help individuals back into work. This article uses propensity score matching to evaluate the success of a policy that cannot otherwise be evaluated using standard parametric techniques. Using a range of estimation methods, sub-samples and types of job, the scheme was successful. Our most conservative estimates indicate that participants were 4-7 percentage points more likely to find employment than a control group of non-treated job-seekers. Effects were even stronger for Incapacity Benefit recipients. Moreover, there is little evidence that participants were placed in low quality or temporary jobs.

Keywords: Active labour market policy; re-employment likelihood; propensity score matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J08 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-06, Revised 2010-06
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