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Effektivit├Ąt privater Vermittlungsdienstleistungen: Eine Evaluation der Beauftragung Dritter mit der Vermittlung

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September 2006

End of Project

December 2011


The practice of contracting out placement services aims at enhancing the effectiveness of placing unemployed job-seekers into work through market mechanisms. This paper analyses the effectiveness of temporarily assigning needy job-seekers to private placement services by comparing relevant outcome variables with respect to employment and benefit receipt with a suitable control group. We construct the control group using administrative data and applying propensity score matching. We consider a period after a policy reform in 2005 that introduced a new means-tested benefit, the unemployment benefit II, intended specifically for hard-to-place job-seekers. It is therefore worthwhile investigating whether unemployment benefit II recipients with different a priori employment probabilities benefit to a different extent from an assignment to a private placement service. To answer this question we analyse several groups separated by gender, age, migration background, occupational education and time since the last job. Our results suggest that in some cases the assignment to private providers is relatively more effective for hard-to-place job-seekers. Despite positive employment effects for some groups, our results imply that the assignment to private providers is generally ineffective; and in some groups it is even counterproductive regarding the goal of avoiding benefit receipt.