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A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Comprehensive Labor Market Policy Reforms in Germany

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  • Fertig, Michael

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    (ISG, Cologne)

  • Kluve, Jochen

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    (Humboldt University Berlin, RWI)

Abstract

Over the last year the German government has introduced a comprehensive set of labor market policy reforms, the so-called Hartz reforms, which aim at a significant reduction of unemployment. To this end, (a) many of the existing instruments of active labor market policy are modified considerably, (b) a set of new instruments is introduced, and (c) the administrative framework in which these measures operate is changed substantially. In order to be able to judge the success of these measures by the end of the current legislative period in mid-2006, the government has asked academic experts to set up an evaluation concept capable of generating reliable empirical evidence by that date. The task is therefore to develop a ready-to-implement concept for the evaluation of the full set of reforms in their entirety, as well as each instrument on its own, facing substantive constraints regarding data availability and a short time horizon. This paper presents such a concept. We discuss essential guidelines for an ideal evaluation design, conceptual and practical difficulties that arise in the context of evaluating the Hartz reforms, and ways to overcome these obstacles. After detailing the three main analytical steps – analyses of effectiveness, efficiency, and implementation and process analysis – we present the concrete evaluation design, specific methods applicable to particular instruments, and a sampling scheme for collecting the required data. In addition to the fact that our concept is directly implementable, it also has the advantage of being extensible for future labor market policy evaluations.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1099.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Quarterly Supplement, 2004, 55, 83-112
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Keywords: program evaluation; identification; active labor market policy; policy reform; evaluation design;

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  1. Jochen Kluve & Lena Jacobi, 2006. "Before and After the Hartz Reforms: The Performance of Active Labour Market Policy in Germany," RWI Discussion Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung 0041, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
  2. Spermann, Alexander & Strotmann, Harald, 2005. "The Targeted Negative Income Tax (TNIT) in Germany: Evidence from a Quasi Experiment," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 05-68, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  3. Alfonso Arpaia & Gilles Mourre, 2009. "Institutions and performance in European labour markets: taking a fresh look at evidence," European Economy - Economic Papers, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission 391, Directorate General Economic and Monetary Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
  4. Berger, Helge & Danninger, Stephan, 2006. "The employment effects of labor and product markets deregulations and their implications for structural reform," Discussion Papers, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics 2006/10, Free University Berlin, School of Business & Economics.
  5. Arellano, Alfonso & Felgueroso, Florentino & Vazquez, Pablo & Gonzalez, Enrique, 2008. "Public-private partnerships in labour markets," IESE Research Papers, IESE Business School D/744, IESE Business School.
  6. Helge Berger & Stephan Danninger, 2005. "Labor and Product Market Deregulation," IMF Working Papers, International Monetary Fund 05/227, International Monetary Fund.

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