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What Works Among Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence From OECD Countries' Experiences


  • John P. Martin


This paper seeks to answer the following question: what is the potential contribution which active labour market policies can make a part of a strategy to combat high and persistent unemployment and the problems of low pay and poverty among the working-age population? In order to answer this question, it is vital to know what works among active policies and in what circumstances. The OECD Secretariat has been working intensively on these questions in recent years and the paper summarises the main results of our work to date. The structure of the paper is as follows. Section 2 provides some factual background on public spending on labour market policies in OECD countries over the past decade, drawing on an internationally comparable data set which the OECD has developed to monitor trends in this field of public spending. Then I summarise the main results of on-going OECD research into the effectiveness of active labour market policies. My review mainly exploits two sources: (i) the ... Le but de cette étude est de répondre à la question suivante : quelle est la contribution potentielle des politiques actives du marché du travail comme élément de la stratégie pour combattre un niveau de chômage élevé et persistent et les problèmes que les rémunérations trop faibles et la pauvreté posent aux personnes en âge de travailler ? Afin de répondre à cette question, il est nécessaire de déterminer, parmi ces politiques actives, celles qui marchent, et, dans quelles circonstances. Le Secrétariat de l’OCDE a travaillé de manière intensive sur ces questions ces dernières années, et l’étude résume les principaux résultats de nos recherches à ce jour. La structure de l’étude s’articule de la façon suivante. La Section 2 fournit des informations de base sur les dépenses publiques relatives aux politiques du marché du travail au sein des pays de l’OCDE au cours des 10 dernières années à partir d’un ensemble de données comparables à l’échelle internationale développé par l’OCDE ...

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  • John P. Martin, 1998. "What Works Among Active Labour Market Policies: Evidence From OECD Countries' Experiences," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 35, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:35-en

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