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NBER Working Papers by Jochen Kluve

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July 2010Active Labor Market Policy Evaluations: A Meta-Analysis
with David Card, Andrea Weber: w16173
This paper presents a meta-analysis of recent microeconometric evaluations of active labor market policies. Our sample contains 199 separate “program estimates” – estimates of the impact of a particular program on a specific subgroup of participants – drawn from 97 studies conducted between 1995 and 2007. For about one-half of the sample we have both a short-term program estimate (for a one-year post-program horizon) and a medium- or long-term estimate (for 2 or 3 year horizons). We categorize the estimated post-program impacts as significantly positive, insignificant, or significantly negative. By this criterion we find that job search assistance programs are more likely to yield positive impacts, whereas public sector employment programs are less likely. Classroom and on-the-job tra...

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