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Welfare-to-Work Experiences with Specific Work-First Programmes in Selected Countries

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  • Wolfgang Ochel

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This paper reviews the evidence of specific mandatory work-first programmes (job search assistance and workfare) for welfare recipients in the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. It primarily refers to experimental and econometric evaluations. The effectiveness of specific programme elements in promoting the transition from welfare to work is compared. The advantage of combining work-first with training programmes and inwork benefits is discussed. Some policy conclusions are drawn.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1153.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1153

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Keywords: welfare-to-work; evaluations;

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  2. Wolff, Joachim & Hohmeyer, Katrin, 2011. "Direct job creation revisited: Is it effective for welfare recipients and does it matter whether participants receive a wage?," Annual Conference 2011 (Frankfurt, Main): The Order of the World Economy - Lessons from the Crisis, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association 48722, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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