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.


The report is available in national languages:

Hungarian (translation in progress)

keywords: methodology, labour market policy, administrative data

publication year: 2021

language : English

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additional information: This publication was created as part of the “Youth Employment PartnerSHIP” project, which seeks to combat unemployment among young people. It measures the effectiveness of instruments to support young people who aren’t working or studying in four countries: Poland, Spain, Italy and Hungary. The project is financed by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment and co-financed from the funds granted for science in 2018-2022 for the implementation of international projects.

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