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Active Labor Market Policies in Europe

Performance and Perspectives


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About this book


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.


Active Labor Market Policy European Employment Strategy Labor Market Labor Markets Meta Analysis Program Evaluation Unemployment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für WirtschaftsforschungRWI EssenEssenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Active Labor Market Policies in Europe
  • Book Subtitle Performance and Perspectives
  • Authors Jochen Kluve
    David Card
    Michael Fertig
    Marek Góra
    Lena Jacobi
    Peter Jensen
    Reelika Leetmaa
    Leonhard Nima
    Eleonora Patacchini
    Sandra Schaffner
    Christoph M. Schmidt
    Bas van der Klaauw
    Andrea Weber
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-48557-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08016-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-48558-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Labor Economics
    Economic Policy
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


From the reviews: “The book presents the results of a cross-country study on the effectiveness of active labour market policies. … A main function of the book is certainly to provide condensed information on the design of active labour market policies in a number of countries a well as information about their estimated effectiveness. … used as a quick reference when searching information in this field … . Summing up, the book covers lots of interesting material.” (Gesine Stephan, Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 87 (3), August, 2008)