Dynamic evaluation of job search assistance
Bas van der Klaauw
This paper evaluates a job search
assistance program for unemployment insurance recipients. The
assignment to the program is dynamic. We provide a discussion on
dynamic treatment effects and identification conditions. In the
empirical analyses we use administrative data from a unique
institutional environment. This allows us to compare different
microeconometric evaluation estimators. All estimators find that the
job search assistance program reduces the exit to work, in
particular when provided early during the spell of unemployment.
Furthermore, continuous-time (timing-of-events and regression
discontinuity) methods are more robust than discrete-time
(propensity score and regression discontinuity) methods.
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Last updated: January 5, 2011.