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How to Fight Long-Term Unemployment: Lessons from Germany

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  • Spermann, Alexander

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The number of long-term unemployed in Germany has stagnated at around one million for several years. Despite excellent labour market conditions, the long-term unemployment rate is well above the OECD average. Therefore, the "carrot and stick" principle of Hartz reforms is in clear need of further development. The author proposes an overall concept for preventing and reducing long-term unemployment and long-term basic income receipt. An important element is an activation strategy for long-term unemployed and long-term basic income recipients that implies interim target setting and requires more and better trained case managers in the job centres.

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  • Spermann, Alexander, 2015. "How to Fight Long-Term Unemployment: Lessons from Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 9134, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Bernhard Boockmann & Tobias Brändle, 2015. "Integrating Older Employees into the Labour Market – Evidence from a German Labour Market Programme," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 13(3), pages 59-64, October.
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    3. Tobias Brändle & Lukas Fervers, 2017. "Give it Another Try: What are the Effects of a Public Employment Scheme Especially Designed for Hard-to-Place Workers?," IAW Discussion Papers 129, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW).

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    Keywords

    Germany; long-term basic income receipt; long-term unemployment; training programs; active labor market policy; activation;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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