IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Public-private partnerships in labour markets

Listed author(s):
  • Arellano, Alfonso



  • Felgueroso, Florentino


  • Vazquez, Pablo


  • Gonzalez, Enrique


The paper investigates the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the labor market. A PPP is a form of collaboration between private agents and the public sector in order to achieve certain objectives. Public private partnerships abound in areas such as infrastructure, health and education, but not in the labor market. The paper is in three parts: economic analysis of PPP; evidence from major PPPs in various countries (with descriptions of successful examples); and recommendations. The economic analysis suggests that PPPs have an important role to play in labor affairs. Public sector intervention in the labor market is justified by market failures and society's demand for equality, which the private sector cannot guarantee; and yet it also has undesirable side-effects. PPP is therefore an effective instrument for solving market and management failures arising from public provision of services. The best way to explain how PPPs work in practice is to describe the different types of PPP and present interesting cases in large (developed) countries. The examples confirm the variety of PPPs, depending on each country's economic circumstances and institutional framework. Based on this combination of economic theory and practical examples, we make some recommendations as to how the human resources industry should use PPPs to meet the challenges of a creative and changing environment. Terms such as "globalization", "flexicurity" and "personalisation" should be high on the agenda of policymakers and the HR industry in their efforts to create successful PPPs.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/744.

in new window

Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 07 May 2008
Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0744
Contact details of provider: Postal:
IESE Business School, Av Pearson 21, 08034 Barcelona, SPAIN

Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Fertig, Michael & Kluve, Jochen, 2004. "A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Comprehensive Labor Market Policy Reforms in Germany," RWI Discussion Papers 13, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung.
  2. John P Martin, 1998. "What Works Among Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence from OECD Countries' Experiences," RBA Annual Conference Volume,in: Guy Debelle & Jeff Borland (ed.), Unemployment and the Australian Labour Market Reserve Bank of Australia.
  3. Barbier, Jean-Paul. & Hansen, Ellen. & Samorodov, Alexander., 2003. "Public-private partnerships in employment services," ILO Working Papers 993648193402676, International Labour Organization.
  4. repec:ilo:ilowps:364819 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Fertig, Michael & Kluve, Jochen, 2004. "A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Comprehensive Labor Market Policy Reforms in Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 1099, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Räisänen & Heikki, 2005. "Comparative Analysis on the Job-Broking Market in Japan and Finland," Discussion Papers 370, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0744. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Noelia Romero)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.