Fighting long-term unemployment: Do we have the whole picture?

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Fighting long-term unemployment: Do we have the whole picture?.

With the participation of Alessandra Pasquini

Language The seminar is held in English.

Abstract Theoretical literature on active labour market policies underlined as targeted policies can have unplanned consequences (i.e. displacement and postponed hiring effects) on individuals outside the target group. These consequences mostly affect the hiring of those that are more often used in the control group when a counterfactual approach is used to evaluate a policy. They may imply a misestimation of policy effect.
Surprisingly, few empirical analysis took into account of this possibility. We tried to fill this gap in the literature evaluating Law 407/90, a hiring subsidies policy targeting long-term unemployed and implemented in one of the most critic European labour markets: the Italian ones. Using administrative data, we applied a regression discontinuity design to determine policy effectiveness. To select the bandwidth we introduced a new methodology motivated by the time-varying forcing variable. We furthermore checked for the presence of displacement and postponed hiring effects using a counterfactual approach. The results show the policy had a positive and significant impact. Moreover, no displacement and postponed hiring effects were detected.

The seminar will be held on the web conference platform Google meet.


  • Alessandra Pasquini - Speaker
    Bank of Italy
    Alessandra Pasquini was educated at Sapienza University where she received a BA and a Master degree in Statistics at Statistics Department and a PhD in Economical Statistics at MEMOTEF Department. She did one year of post-doc at the Centre for Economic and International Studies of Tor Vergata University. Currently she works in the regional research area at L’Aquila branch of the Bank of Italy. Her experiences abroad include the preparation of her master final thesis at World Bank and a visiting at Southern Denmark University as a PhD. She was awarded with the "PhD award in memory of Giorgio Leonardi" and won the research grant for junior researchers "Avvio alla Ricerca" and the VisitINPS fellowship in memory of Valeria Solesin.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 13/05/2021.

The registration is free of charge. You will receive an invitation through google calendar the day before the seminar to facilitate the access to the virtual room.

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