What did all the money do? On the general ineffectiveness of recent West German labour market programmes

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Wunsch, Conny ; Lechner, Michael (2007)
  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonn
  • Subject: causal effects; Matching estimation; panel data; programme evaluation | Alte Bundesländer | Lohnsubvention | Arbeitsmarktpolitik | Matching estimation, causal effects, programme evaluation, panel data | Dualer Arbeitsmarkt
    • jel: jel:J68
      ddc: ddc:330

We provide new evidence on the effectiveness of West German labour market programmes by evaluating training and employment programmes that have been conducted 2000-2002 after the first large reform of German labour market policy in 1998. We employ exceptionally rich adm... View more
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    9 See Imbens (2000) and Lechner (2001) for matching with multiple treatments. For matching with binary treatments see Heckman, LaLonde, and Smith (1999).

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