Which Program for Whom? Evidence on the Comparative Effectiveness of Public Sponsored Training Programs in Germany

Biewen, Martin ; Fitzenberger, Bernd ; Osikominu, Aderonke ; Paul, Marie

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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/1523
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-15234
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 07-042
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: H43 J68 C14 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Arbeitsmarktpolitik , Berufliche Fortbildung , Wirtschaftspolitik , Wirkungsanalyse , Deutschland , Beschäftigungswirkung
Keywords (English): evaluation , multiple treatments , dynamic treatment effects , local linear matching , active labor market programs , administrative data
Abstract: We use a new and exceptionally rich administrative data set for Germany to evaluate the employment effects of a variety of public sponsored training programs in the early 2000s. Building on the work of Sianesi (2003, 2004), we employ propensity score matching methods in a dynamic, multiple treatment framework in order to address program heterogeneity and dynamic selection into programs. Our results suggest that in West Germany both short-term and medium-term programs show considerable employment effects for certain population subgroups but in some cases the effects are zero in the medium run. Short-term programs are surprisingly effective when compared to the traditional and more expensive longer-term programs. With a few exceptions, we find little evidence for significant positive treatment effects in East Germany. There is some evidence that the employment effects decline for older workers and for low–skilled workers.
Additional information: Paul, Marie: Geb.-Name Waller, Marie

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