The Effects of Vocational Training Programmes on the Duration of Unemployment in Eastern Germany

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 23.11.2004, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Christopher Zeiss (Goethe University Frankfurt)


This paper focusses on the effects of vocational training programmes on the duration of unemployment in Eastern Germany. We use information from administrative data of the Federal Employment Administration. To allow for observable and possible unobservable influences we apply a multivariate mixed proportional hazard model. Furthermore, particular interest is spent on possible locking-in effects by separate estimation of in- and after- programme effects. We also consider several different programme durations. Regarding short-term programmes of less than three months our results show insignificant in- and after-programme effects. For programmes lasting six months we find insignificant in-programme and negative after-programme effects. The results of programmes with one year of promotion show negative in- and after-programme effects on the duration of unemployment.

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