The Locking-In Effect of Subsidized Jobs

J.C. van Ours

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Recent evaluations of active labor market policies are not very optimistic about their effectiveness to bring unemployed back to work.An important reason is that unemployed get locked-in, that is they reduce their effort to find a regular job.This paper uses an administrative dataset from the Slovak Republic on durations of individual unemployment spells.The focus of the analysis is temporary subsidized jobs.By exploiting the variation in the duration of these jobs it is possible to investigate whether or not the locking-in effect is important.It turnsout that it is.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages38
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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NameCentER Discussion Paper


  • unemployment
  • labour policy
  • subsidies


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