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Electoral Cycles in Active Labor Market Policies

  • Mario Mechtel


    (Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Tübingen, Germany)

  • Niklas Potrafke


    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

We examine how electoral motives influence active labor market policies that promote (short term) job-creation. Such policies reduce measures of unemployment. Using German state data for the period 1985 to 2004, we show that election-motivated politicians pushed jobpromotion schemes before elections.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2011-39.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 06 Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1139
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