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Requiring The Long-Term Unemployed to Train: Is Benefit Conditionality Effective?

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  • Heather Rolfe

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    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research.)

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Conditionality has increasingly been part of benefit entitlement and its effects have been examined in a number of ways. While the focus of previous research has been on general conditions such as job search and acceptance of job offers, this paper examines conditionality specifically in relation to participation in training. Using data from a qualitative evaluation of a government programme, the Skills Conditionality pilot, the paper uses two hypotheses to critically assess the effectiveness of conditionality as a benefits policy: that it is successful in increasing participation in training; and that it is harmful by reducing time for job search.

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Article provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its journal National Institute Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 219 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: R65-R76

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Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:219:y:2012:i:1:p:r65-r76

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Keywords: Unemployment; qualitative evaluation; conditionality; training; employability;

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