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Activation policies in OECD countries : an overview of current approaches


  • Immervoll, Herwig


This note summarizes activation policy strategies in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Policy makers can choose from a broad menu of options. Each of them comes with potential strengths and weaknesses, but there can also be important links between them. To understand countries'overall activation stance, it is useful to look across individual policy measures. The note considers benefit generosity and work incentives (section two); eligibility conditions and obligations of job seekers and benefit recipients (section three); and active labor market programs (ALMPs) (section four). Section five characterizes aspects of countries'overall policy stance by discussing the balance of policies and links between them. A concluding section suggests priorities for knowledge work in World Bank client countries.

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  • Immervoll, Herwig, 2012. "Activation policies in OECD countries : an overview of current approaches," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 71903, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:71903

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    1. World Bank, 2015. "Promoting Labor Market Participation and Social Inclusion in Europe and Central Asia's Poorest Countries," World Bank Other Operational Studies 22501, The World Bank.

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