Should Welfare Administration be Centralized or Decentralized? Evidence from a Policy Experiment
AbstractThe 2005 reform of the German welfare system introduced two competing organizational models for welfare administration. In most districts, a centralized organization was established where local welfare agencies are bound to central directives. At the same time, 69 districts were allowed to opt for a decentralized organization. We evaluate the relative success of both types of organizations. Compared to centralized organization, decentralized organization of welfare administration has a negative effect on the transition of male welfare recipients to self-sufficient employment, but it does not affect employment in combination with continuing welfare support. No significant effects were found for women.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW) in its series IAW Discussion Papers with number 69.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2010
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Welfare System; Organization; Decentralization; Labor Market Integration;
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- Boockmann, Bernhard & Thomsen, Stephan L. & Walter, Thomas & Göbel, Christian & Huber, Martin, 2010. "Should welfare administration be centralized or decentralized? Evidence from a policy experiment," ZEW Discussion Papers 10-106, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
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