And then There Were Four... How Many (and Which) Measures of Active Labour Market Policy Do We Still Need?

30 Pages Posted: 21 May 2008

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Werner Eichhorst

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

Through the Hartz reforms, German active labour market policy was fundamentally restructured and has since been systematically evaluated. This paper reviews the recent evaluation findings and draws some conclusions for the future setup of active labour market policies in Germany. It argues in favour of a reduced range of active labour market policy schemes focusing on programs with proven positive effects (that are wage subsidies, training, start-up grants and placement vouchers) and calls for a systematic evaluation of all instruments not scrutinized so far.

Keywords: active labour market policy, evaluation, Germany

JEL Classification: D61, H43, J68

Suggested Citation

Eichhorst, Werner and Zimmermann, Klaus F., And then There Were Four... How Many (and Which) Measures of Active Labour Market Policy Do We Still Need? (April 2007). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6246, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135484

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