Econometric evaluation of a placement coaching program for recipients of disability insurance benefits in Switzerland
No 10, Working Paper Series from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business and Law
This paper evaluates a placement coaching program implemented in Zurich during 2009-2013 that focused on the reemployment of persons drawing disability insurance (DI) benefits. A private company was commissioned to implement the program. Kernel-based matching and radius matching with bias adjustment estimators combined with difference-in-differences are applied to administrative panel data. The estimates point to a successful project in terms of a reduction in DI benefits and an increase in income even in the medium-run. A simple cost-benefit analysis suggests that the project was a profitable investment for the social security system. Sensitivity analyses indicate that the results are robust to confounders and further specification issues. An interesting policy implication is that it seems possible to enhance the employment prospects of disabled persons with a relatively inexpensive intervention which does not include any explicit investments in human capital.
Keywords: rehabilitation; placement coaching; disability; evaluation; matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I38 J08 J14 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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