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What can active labour market policy do?

Jackman, Richard (1995) What can active labour market policy do? CEP discussion paper; CEPDP0226, 226. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science,, London, UK.

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Abstract

During the 1980s, two dimensions in particular of the unemployment problem have been a source of increasing concern for policy-makers in Europe. One id the increasing rate of structural change and the resulting decline in employment opportunities for unskilled manual workers. The other is the evidence of the corrosive effects of long spells of unemployment on individuals and societies. This paper attempts to assess the role of active policies, the combination of more rapid structural change in long-term unemployment. Even where schemes do not have much of a return to those on them, as much of the microeconomic evidence suggests, they may still have a substantial social return in preventing the emergence of long-term unemployment. The key requirement is to ensure that no unemployed person, who is able and willing to work, should be allowed to draw benefits for more than a limited period of time. The resources of the ;about market authorities should be used to endure that as a last resort some appropriate temporary job or training opportunity is made available by the end of this period.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1995 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Collections > LSE Financial Markets Group (FMG) Working Papers
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 226
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2281/

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