Counterfactual evaluation of youth employment policies. Methodological guide


Márton Csillag Judit Krekó Ágota Scharle


This guide provides a step-by-step introduction to the counterfactual evaluation of labour market policies for youth with a focus on the use of administrative data. The main issues are illustrated by the practical problems encountered in evaluating hiring subsidies for youth in the four countries of the Youth Employment PartnerSHIP project (Spain, Hungary, Italy, and Poland). However, the guide can be applied to evaluating other programmes as well.

The purpose of this guide is to provide a practical toolkit for researchers and managers of institutions carrying out evaluations (research, ministries, public employment services) who plan to initiate and coordinate youth employment programme evaluations.

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Counterfactual evaluation of youth employment policies. Methodological guide

keywords: methodology, labour market policy, administrative data

JEL codes:

year: 2020

language: English

thematic categories: methodology

publishing series:

publication number: 1/2021

ISSN: 978-615-01-0433-1 (ISBN)

additional information: We are grateful to Namita Datta, Ilf Bencheikh, Tibor Keresztély, and András Svraka for their valuable comments.

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