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Active Labor Market Policy Evaluations - A Meta-Analysis

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This paper presents a meta-analysis of recent microeconometric evaluations of active labor market policies. The sample consists of 199 program estimates drawn from 97 studies conducted between 1995 and 2007. In about one-half of these cases the authors have both a short-term impact estimate (for a one-year post-program horizon) and a medium-term estimate (two-year horizon).They characterize the program estimates according to the type and duration of the program, the characteristics of the participants, and the evaluation methodology. Heterogeneity in all three dimensions affects the likelihood that an impact estimate is significantly positive, significantly negative, or statistically insignificant. Comparing program types, subsidized public sector employment programs have the least favorable impact estimates.

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