Non-employment and the welfare state UK and Germany compared . The report focuses on the so-called labour market inactive, that is, people of working age who are neither employed nor unemployed. How and why did the size and composition of this group change in the UK and Germany during the 1990s? Concentrating on men and employing a longitudinal data analysis, is estimates the impact which changes in welfare state regulations had on flows in and out of employment and different forms of non-employment. Jochen Clasen, Jacqueline Davidson, Heiner Ganßmann, Andreas Mauer for the Anglo-German Foundation
By Anglo-German Foundation , UK, Germany.
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Three Steps Forward Two Steps Back: reforming PPP policy. This report examines the challenges to the efficient, equitable and accountable delivery of public services through public private partnerships. Taking ippr's Commission on PPPs as its starting point, it examines recent Government progress and suggests further improvements. Issues addressed include: (i)value for money: how the Private Finance Initiative has performed and how that performance can be improved (ii)work force issues in PPPs: assessing the extent of the 'two-tier workforce' and the options for ending it (iii) accountability: how to make PPPs more open and responsive to their users. Tim Gosling with: Richard Brooks, Paul Maltby and Malcolm Wing for the Institute for Public Policy Research...
Minimum wages The objectives of minimum wage legislation are commendable - but do the costs outweigh the benefits? By Justin Coutts for the New Zealand Business Roundtable
By New Zealand Business Roundtable , New Zealand..
Pay and the Public Service Workforce Some of the most important political battles that continue to be fought between the main political parties concern the quality of public spending. Labour has argued that a combination of fiscal discipline, sound macro-economic management and effective labour market policies has ?cut the costs of failure?, leaving more resources available to meet public service priorities. The Conservative response is partly to claim credit for a sound basis for the public finances, and partly to claim that the new spending on public services is being wasted on recruiting ?bureaucrats? and funding excessive public sector pay awards. This report aims to get to the bottom of this debate. By Richard Brooks for the Institute for Public Policy Research