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Active Labour-Market Policies: A Case of Evidence-Based Policy-Making?

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    The 1990s was a decade of renewed enthusiasm for active labour-market policies. However, it is not clear that this was the result of an appreciation of the evidence on the effectiveness of different policies. Relatively simple and cost-effective initiatives to improve matching and to enhance job search appear to have a significant impact on employment. Training programmes generally do not produce better outcomes. There is no convincing evidence that work programmes improve employment and recruitment subsidies often suffer from low take-up. However, a strategy appears to be emerging in the UK and the USA, by design or by accident, of trying to use job search-focused programmes to move people into regular employment and then to subsidize households, especially with children, so that their net incomes can come above the poverty line. Most of this expenditure could be classified as good, old-fashioned fiscal redistribution to the poor. Copyright 2000 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
    Pages: 13-26

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:16:y:2000:i:1:p:13-26

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    1. Jeff Borland & Yi-Ping Tseng, 2004. "Does 'Work for the Dole' Work?," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2004n14, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Zubović, Jovan & Simeunović, Ivana, 2012. "On the New Methodology of Cost‐Benefit Analysis of ALMP – The Case of Serbia," MPRA Paper 42532, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Jeff Borland & Yi-Ping Tseng, 2003. "How Do Administrative Arrangements Affect Exit from Unemployment Payments? The Case of the Job Seeker Diary in Australia," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2003n27, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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