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Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Deutschland und der Schweiz - eine Gegenüberstellung

  • Stefanie Behncke

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  • Markus Frölich

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  • Michael Lechner

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The active labour market policies in Switzerland and Germany are compared. German and Swiss labour market policies have similar aims, instruments and experienced similar institutional reforms. In Switzerland, an informative administrative database for an evaluation of these policies was made available earlier. The evaluation studies for Switzerland are summarized. Positive effects are found particularly for temporary wage subsidies. These subsidies offer an incentive to accept lower paying jobs. Furthermore, the crucial roles of effect heterogeneity and programme allocation are discussed. By allocating individuals into those programmes with the highest expected benefits, unemployment could be reduced. Such a statistical targeting tool for selecting programmes has been implemented and tested in a pilot study in Switzerland. A similar system is currently developed in Germany. An informative database serves as the foundation for the evaluation and targeting of active labour market policies. Finally, the Swiss and German databases are described.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 with number 2006-13.

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Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-13
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