Labour Market and Health Effects of an Activation Programme for the Long-term Inactive

Mareen Bastiaans (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Start date

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019, 12:00

End date

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019, 13:00

Polak Building

Some active labour market programmes have been shown to improve labour market outcomes, however they mostly focus on individuals relatively close to the labour market. Many long-term benefit recipients suffer from mental health issues, indicated by the high rate of mental health care use in this group.

Activation strategies for this group may not result in better labour market outcomes, but may benefit these individuals by replacing some of the benefits that a job offers such as providing a routine, social network and a sense of being valued or appreciated. We evaluate the effects of an activation programme for individuals with a large distance to the labour market, at least five years out of employment and on general assistance.

We exploit the staggered implementation of the programme which allows for a difference-in-difference design.