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Active Labour Market Programmes


Active Labour Market Programmes. Barbara Sianesi evaluates the differential performance of the six main types of Swedish programmes that were available to adult unemployed workers entitled to unemployment benefits in the 1990s: labour market training, workplace introduction, work experience placement, relief work, trainee replacement and employment subsidies. It is found that only job subsidies had any long term impact on participant's likelihood of being employed. However, several macroeconomic studies have however documented large and negative displacement and dead-weight effects for exactly these types of programme, which highlights the difficult trade-off faced by labour market policy. "Swedish Labour Market Programmes in the 1990s: Overall Effectiveness and Differential Performance" is published by the UK-based Institute for Fiscal Studies.


By Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK.

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