Project Description

Evaluation of New Deal for Young People

The New Deal for Young People (NDYP) was introduced in 1998 and was designed to help young (18-24 year old) unemployed people into employment and to increase their long-term employability.  After six months on NDYP, individuals were required to participate in one of four Options: subsidised employment; full-time education and training; voluntary sector work placement; or the Environmen Task Force.  This project used survey data combined with benefit records and data from those delivering the NDYP to estimate the relative effect of the Options on labour market outcomes.  These estimates followed a propensity score matching methodology, one of the first applications of this approach in the UK.


Dorsett, R. (2006) The new deal for young people: effect on the labour market status of young men.  Labour Economics 13(3): 405-422.  PDF – gated

Bonjour, D., Dorsett, R., Knight, G., Lissenburgh, S., Mukherjee, A., Payne, J., Range, M., Urwin, P., White, M. (2001) New Deal for Young People: national survey of participants: stage 2.  Employment Service Report 67.  PDF


Department for Work and Pensions