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Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Deutschland und der Schweiz - eine Gegenüberstellung


  • Stefanie Behncke


  • Markus Frölich


  • Michael Lechner



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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  • Stefanie Behncke & Markus Frölich & Michael Lechner, 2006. "Aktive Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Deutschland und der Schweiz - eine Gegenüberstellung," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2006 2006-13, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2006:2006-13

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    1. Bernd Fitzenberger & Reinhard Hujer, 2002. "Stand und Perspektiven der Evaluation der Aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Deutschland," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 3(2), pages 139-158, May.

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    Active labour market policies; evaluation; targeting; statistical treatment rules;

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    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • J68 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Public Policy

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