Impact evaluation of active labour market programmes targeting disadvantaged youth

This report presents the findings of the impact evaluation carried out on the active labour market programmes targeting disadvantaged youth that were implemented by the National Employment Service (NES) of Serbia under the aegis of the Joint Programme on Youth Employment and Migration (YEM) in the period 2010-2012. The key research question was whether participation in the active labour market programmes piloted within the YEM joint programme increased the probability of participants to find and retain gainful employment. To answer such question and analyze participants’ labour market outcomes in detail, a one-toone survey was run (November 2013) though a cooperative effort of the International Labour Office (ILO), the National Employment service of Serbia, the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS). The survey covered two main sub-groups of programme participants – i.e. disadvantaged youth who participated to the YEM pilot programmes, funded by the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund and young people who attended standard NES programmes financed by the Government of Serbia – as well as non-participants.