The paper ‘Estimating Equilibrium Effects of Job Search Assistance’ by fellows Pieter Gautier (VU Amsterdam) and Bas van der Klaauw (VU Amsterdam), alumnus Paul Muller (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and co-authors Michael Rosholm (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Michael Svarer (Aarhus University, Denmark) is forthcoming in the Journal of Labor Economics (Vol. 36, no. 4 (October 2018). Read full paper here.


Identifying policy-relevant treatment effects from randomized experiments requires the absence of spillovers between participants and nonparticipants (SUTVA) or variation in observed treatment levels. We find that SUTVA is violated for a Danish activation program for unemployed workers. Using a difference-in-differences model, we show that nonparticipants in the experiment regions find jobs more slowly after the introduction of the program than workers in other regions. We estimate an equilibrium search model to identify the policy-relevant treatment effect. A large-scale rollout of the program is shown to decrease welfare, while a standard partial microeconometric cost-benefit analysis concludes the opposite.

Article citation: Pieter Gautier, Paul Muller, Bas van der Klaauw, Michael Rosholm, and Michael Svarer, ‘Estimating Equilibrium Effects of Job Search Assistance,Journal of Labor Economics, forthcoming ahead of print, Vol. 36, no. 4 (October 2018).