Hartz IV: zu wenig aus der Sozialhilfe gelernt
The so-called “Hartz IV reform“ should improve the system of services and benefits for the long-term unemployed in Germany. Thus, it was expected that the number of recipients and the volume of expenditures will decrease. However, both are higher than before. Therefore, the institutional settings might be less effective than they could be. Initially, the paper describes the institutional changes by the “Hartz IV“ reform. Afterwards, these changes are evaluated with respect to their effects on the number of recipients. The evaluation is based on the results of econometric studies concerning the former social assistance. It is pointed out that the reform improved basic conditions and incentives only partly, whereas some of its elements worsened the institutional settings.
Volume (Year): 12 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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