This page provides an overview of our ongoing study of a guaranteed job pilot in Gramatneusiedl, Austria.
The pilot started in October 2020. The evaluation is conducted jointly with Lukas Lehner.

Study design

Our study design is based on two approaches:

  1. The first approach uses individual-level pairwise randomization of participants into waves.
  2. The second approach constructs a synthetic control at the municipality level.

We consider multiple different treatment contrasts to separate out direct effects of program participation, anticipation effects of future participation, and municipal level equilibrium effects.

Program description

  • All residents who are a minimum of 9 months in unemployment are eligible to participate.
  • Participation is voluntary.
  • The preparatory training phase is scheduled for a maximum of eight weeks.
  • After completion of the training phase, participants join the job guarantee program.


  • October 2020: Coaching starts (first wave of 31 participants).
  • December 2020: Start of employment (first wave of 31 participants).
  • February 2021: Coaching starts (second wave of 31 participants).
  • April 2021: Start of employment (second wave of 31 participants).
  • The program continues for (at least) 3 years up to March 2024.


The following dashboard summarizes the study design and initial findings.

Historical notes

  • Our study took place in the same location as a famous study of unemployment in the 1930s, “Marienthal; the sociography of an unemployed community,” by Marie Jahoda, Paul Lazarsfeld, and Hans Zeisel.
  • Our visualization at the beginning of the dashboard draws on the “Isotype” system developed by Otto Neurath.

Media coverage

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Financial Times
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