Leaving Poverty Behind? - The Effects of Generous Income Support Paired with Activation

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Markussen, Simen and Knut Røed




American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Vol 8 (1), 180-211

Sammendrag (engelsk)

We evaluate a comprehensive activation program in Norway targeted at hard-to-employ social assistance claimants with reduced work capacity. The program offers a combination of tailored rehabilitation, training and job practice, and a generous, stable, and non-means-tested benefit. Its primary aims are to mitigate poverty and subsequently promote self-supporting employment. Our evaluation strategy exploits a geographically staggered program introduction, and the causal effects are identified on the basis of changes in employment prospects that coincide with local program implementation in a way that correlates with the predicted probability of becoming a participant. We find that the program raised employment prospects considerably.

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Oppdragsgiver: Norges Forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 236992
Frisch prosjekt: 1178 - Likhet under press? Nye perspektiver på ulikhet og inkludering

Oppdragsgiver: Arbeidsforskningsinstituttet
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Frisch prosjekt: 1308 - Evaluering av kvalifiseringsprogrammet