Active Labor Market Policies in Europe: Performance and Perspectives / Edition 1

Active Labor Market Policies in Europe: Performance and Perspectives / Edition 1

by Jochen Kluve, David Card, Michael Fertig, Marek Gora
     
 

Measures of Active Labor Market Policy - such as training, wage subsidies, public employment measures, and job search assistance - are widely used in European countries to combat unemployment.

Little, however, is known about what each country can learn from experiences in other countries.

This study provides novel insight on this important policy issue by

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Overview

Measures of Active Labor Market Policy - such as training, wage subsidies, public employment measures, and job search assistance - are widely used in European countries to combat unemployment.

Little, however, is known about what each country can learn from experiences in other countries.

This study provides novel insight on this important policy issue by

- discussing the role of the European Commission's Employment Strategy

- reviewing the experiences made in European states

- and giving the first ever quantitative

assessment of the existing cross-country evidence, answering the question "what labor market program works for what target group under what (economic and institutional) circumstances?".

Using an innovative meta-analytical approach, the authors find that rather than contextual factors such as labor market institutions or the business cycle, it is almost exclusively the program type that matters for program effectiveness: While direct employment programs in the public sector appear detrimental, wage subsidies and "Services and Sanctions" can be effective in increasing participants' employment probability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540485575
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
02/21/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.56(d)

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Table of Contents

The European Employment Strategy.- An Overview of Active Labor Market Policies.- The Methodology of Program Evaluation.- Reports from Selected EU25 Member States.- The Effectiveness of European ALMPs.- Conclusions and Policy Recommendations.

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