6293.0.00.002 - Occasional Paper: Labour Market Programs, Unemployment and Employment Hazards, 1997
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New study looks at labour market assistance
A new study by researchers at Curtin University, using Australian Bureau of Statistics data, has shown that wage subsidy programs were the most successful labour market assistance programs for jobseekers between 1994 and 1997. The next most successful were brokered programs (offering a combination of training and work experience) and job search assistance programs.
The effectiveness of labour market assistance programs in improving the rate at which jobseekers found work is revealed in the study by Thorsten Stromback and Mike Dockery. Using data from the ABS longitudinal Survey of Employment and Unemployment Patterns, in which the same respondents were interviewed over a number of years, the study looks at what factors influenced the chance of a person leaving a spell of job search and entering employment.
Some of the major findings of the study are:
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