Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #249

Training + Temp Work = Stepping Stone? – Evaluating an Innovative Activation Program for Disadvantaged Youths

by Christoph Ehlert, Jochen Kluve and Sandra Schaffner

RWI, 04/2011, 13 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-291-0



While high rates of youth unemployment are a severe problem in most European countries, the program evaluation literature shows that disadvantaged youths constitute a group that is particularly difficult to assist effectively. As innovative measures are thus needed, we evaluate a German pilot program that targets low-skilled young unemployed and combines three components: a) individual coaching, b) classroom training and c) temporary work. Using an ex-post quasi-randomization approach, our analysis shows that the program has a positive impact on the post-program employment probability of participants.

JEL-Classification: J08, J68

Keywords: Program evaluation; disadvantaged youths; temporary work; ALMP

Published as:

Ehlert, C., J. Kluve and S. Schaffner (2012), Temporary Work as an Active Labor Market Policy – Evaluating an Innovative Activation Program for Disadvantaged Youths. Economics Bulletin 32 (2): 1765-1773. download