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Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search assistance program

Blundell, R.; Costa Dias, M.; Meghir, C.; Van Reenen, J.; (2001) Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search assistance program. (IFS Working Papers W01/20). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper exploits area based piloting and age-related eligibility rules to identify treatment effects of a labor market program – the New Deal for Young People in the UK. A central focus is on substitution/displacement effects and on equilibrium wage effects. The program includes extensive job assistance and wage subsidies to employers. We find that the program significantly raised transitions to employment by about five percentage points (about 20 percent over the pre-program base). The impact is robust to a wide variety of non-experimental estimators. However we present some evidence suggesting that this effect may not be as large in the longer run.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search assistance program
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1920/wp.ifs.2001.0120
Language: English
Keywords: JEL classification: J18, J23, J38. Labor market program evaluation, job search, wage subsidy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3836
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