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Statistical profiling in public employment services: An international comparison

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  • Sam Desiere
  • Kristine Langenbucher
  • Ludo Struyven

Abstract

Profiling tools help to deliver employment services more efficiently. They can ensure that more costly, intensive services are targeted at jobseekers most at risk of becoming long term unemployed. Moreover, the detailed information on the employment barriers facing jobseekers obtained through the profiling process can be used to tailor services more closely to their individual needs. While other forms of profiling exist, the focus is on statistical profiling, which makes use of statistical models to predict jobseekers’ likelihood of becoming long-term unemployed. An overview on profiling tools currently used throughout the OECD is presented, considerations for the development of such tools, and some insights into the latest developments such as using “click data” on job searches and advanced machine learning techniques. Also discussed are the limitations of statistical profiling tools and options for policymakers on how to address those in the development and implementation of statistical profiling tools.

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  • Sam Desiere & Kristine Langenbucher & Ludo Struyven, 2019. "Statistical profiling in public employment services: An international comparison," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 224, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:224-en
    DOI: 10.1787/b5e5f16e-en
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    1. Kerstin Bachberger-Strolz, 2020. "Profiling, Targeting, Algorithmen, künstliche Intelligenz – über die Irrwege einer Debatte in der Arbeitsmarktpolitik," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 46(3), pages 329-363.
    2. Bert van Landeghem & Sam Desiere & Ludo Struyven, 2021. "Statistical profiling of unemployed jobseekers," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 483-483, February.

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    Keywords

    active labour market policy; caseworkers; employment barrier; jobseekers; selection; statistical profiling; targeting; unemployment;
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    JEL classification:

    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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