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Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search program

Blundell, R.; Costa-Dias, M.; Meghir, C.; van Reenen, J.; (2004) Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search program. Journal of the European Economic Association , 2 (4) pp. 569-606. 10.1162/1542476041423368. Green open access

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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 U.K. 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 impact of the program significantly raised transitions to employment by about 5 percentage points. The impact is robust to a wide variety of nonexperimental estimators. However, we present some evidence that this effect may not be as large in the longer run.

Type: Article
Title: Evaluating the employment impact of a mandatory job search program
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1162/1542476041423368
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/1542476041423368
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Keywords: J18, J23, J38
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/15843
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