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The Swedish Activity Guarantee


  • Anders Forslund

    (IFAU and Uppsala University)

  • Daniela Froberg


  • Linus Lindqvist



Until recently, an unemployed person in Sweden who participated in an active labour market programme earned entitlement to a further 60 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. A "carousel" effect - cycling between periods of open unemployment and participation in active programmes - increasingly seen came to be seen as a factor making the active programmes less effective in promoting the transition to ordinary work. Following policy reforms in 2000 and 2001, participation in a programme no longer generates new UI entitlements. However, the public employment service (PES) can refer the unemployed to a new programme, the Activity Guarantee. This provides continuing income support, and engages participants in job-search and other activities in principle full-time until they find ordinary work. This paper summarises findings from two questionnaire surveys of the implementation of the Activity Guarantee. The first survey was addressed to PES case workers, who have direct ... En Suède, jusqu`à une date récente, le fait, pour un chômeur, à un programme actif du marché du travail ouvrait droit à une nouvelle période d'assurance chômage (AC) de 60 semaines. Un effet de "carrousel" – passages répétés entre des périodes de chômage "simple" et des périodes de participation à un programme actif - a progressivement fait que les programmes promouvaient moins efficacement la transition vers un emploi ordinaire. Suite à des réformes introduites en 2000 et 2001, la participation dans un programme ne permet plus d'acquérir de nouveaux droits à l'AC. Le Service public de l'emploi (SPE) peut néanmoins admettre les chômeurs à un nouveau programme, la "Garantie d'activité". Ce programme les engage dans des activités de recherche d'emploi et autres, en principe à temps complet, jusqu`à l'obtention d'un travail ordinaire. La présente étude résume les résultats de deux enquêtes concernant la mise en oeuvre de ce nouveau programme. La première enquête a été adressée aux ...

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  • Anders Forslund & Daniela Froberg & Linus Lindqvist, 2004. "The Swedish Activity Guarantee," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 16, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:16-en

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    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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