Study title
Evaluations of Swiss Active Labor Market Policies
Ref study 13867
Study language English
Contributing institutions
  • Unemployment
  • Active labour market policy
  • Labor Economics
2003 - 2005
Geographical space
  • Switzerland
This dataset was the basis for several studies. It includes individuals who are registered as unemployed at a Swiss regional employment agency in the year 2003. The data contains further information from different unemployment insurance databases (AVAM/ASAL) and social security records (AHV). Additionally, caseworkers employed in the period of 2003 to 2004 were surveyed through a written questionnaire in December 2004. The questionnaire asked about the caseworker’s aims and strategies and information about the regional employment agency.
See the published papers indicated under publications.
Methods (description)
Combination of administrative data and survey.
Methods (instruments)
Replicated study No
  • Knaus, Michael C.; Lechner, Michael; Strittmatter, Anthony. 2020. Machine Learning Estimation of Heterogeneous Causal Effects: Empirical Monte Carlo Evidence. The Econometrics Journal, utaa014, published ahead of print 06 June 2020. Online: 10.1093/ectj/utaa014
  • Knaus, Michael C.. 2020. Double Machine Learning based Program Evaluation under Unconfoundedness. arXiv:2003.03191 [econ.EM]. Online:
  • Knaus, Michael C.; Lechner, Michael; Strittmatter, Anthony. 2020. Heterogeneous employment effects of job search programmes: A machine learning approach. Journal of Human Resources, 0718-9615R, published ahead of print 26 March 2020. Online:
  • Huber, Martin; Lechner, Michael; Mellace, Giovanni. 2017. Why Do Tougher Caseworkers Increase Employment? The Role of Programme Assignment as a Causal Mechanism. Review of Economics and Statistics, 99 (1), 180-183. Online: 10.1162/REST_a_00632
  • Behncke, Stefanie; Frölich, Markus; Lechner, Michael. 2010. A Caseworker like Me – Does the Similarity between the Unemployed and their Caseworkers Increase Job Placements?. Economic Journal , 120 (549), 1430-1459. Online: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2010.02382.x
  • Behncke, Stefanie; Frölich, Markus; Lechner, Michael. 2010. Unemployed and their Caseworkers: Should they be Friends or Foes?. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 173 (1), 67-92. Online: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2009.00600.x
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Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
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Date created 02.11.2020
Date modified 04.11.2020
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