Active Labour Market Policy

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Labour Market in Canada – A 10 point action plan

[Steven Tobin] – In my various discussions over the past few weeks at Parliamentary Committees, with CEOs, policymakers, labour representatives and others, it’s clear that efforts to address the prevailing labour market challenges in Canada are fragmented. This is dampening our ability to achieve other goals such as competitiveness and inclusion. There is also a … Continue reading

Active Labour Market Policies in OECD – Could improve living standards by as much as 9-10% by 2060

This paper updates the long-term scenarios to 2060 last published in July 2018, with a special focus on fiscal sustainability and risks. In a baseline economic and fiscal scenario, trend real GDP growth for the OECD + G20 area declines from around 3% post-COVID to 1½ per cent in 2060, mainly due to a deceleration … Continue reading

Active Labour Market Policy (ALMP) in Developing Countries – Far less effective than policy makers, program participants, and economists typically expect

Jobs are the number one policy concern of policy makers in many countries. The global financial crisis, rising demographic pressures, high unemployment rates, and concerns over automation all make it seem imperative that policy makers employ increasingly more active labor market policies. This paper critically examines recent evaluations of labor market policies that have provided … Continue reading

Startup Programs / The effectiveness is influenced by prevailing economic conditions finds a research

“Labor demand side restrictions in areas with relatively bad labor market conditions generally increase entries into start-up programs as job offers are limited and starting an own business is an opportunity to leave unemployment. However, the survival of firms in deprived areas is also lower, such that the overall effect remains an empirical question” write Marco … Continue reading

Slovenia / Social Partners Want Better Active Employment Policy

Trade unions and employers voiced the demand for a more streamlined active employment policy as the Economic and Social Council held a session Friday dedicated to what is one of the state’s key policies targeting unemployment. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor via STA: Social Partners Want Better Active Employment Policy.

Germany / New evidence on start-up subsidies and programs for unemployed youth – they work

‘In industrialized economies such as the European countries unemployment rates are very responsive to the business cycle and significant shares stay unemployed for more than one year.” writes Künn, Steffen in Unemployment and active labor market policy : new evidence on start-up subsidies, marginal employment and programs for youth unemployed. (Adapted choosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor … Continue reading

The postindustrial employment problem and active labour market policy

Employment problems change over time. In the aftermath of the oil shocks of the 1970s, unemployment concerned mostly industrial workers who were laid off by restructuring industries write Giuliano Bonoli and Quartier Unil Mouline in The postindustrial employment problem and active labour market policy. Since the mid-1990s, however, industrial restructuring is less of an issue … Continue reading

UPDATE – Ageism | Job-hogging over-50s

BBC News – Should job-hogging over-50s all resign? Too few jobs. Rising unemployment, especially for young people. Here’s a radical solution, says commentator on office and workplace life, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times (born 1959). Wasting time on the internet recently I came upon a nasty statistic. In the next 10 years, there will … Continue reading

Bridge to Work | Experiments with unemployment insurance keep benefits to recipients in job training

The Obama administration is looking for states that will experiment with unemployment insurance programs by letting people test a job while still receiving benefits. The plan is a key feature of a payroll tax cut package that President Barack Obama negotiated with congressional Republicans in February. The Labor Department will open the application process Thursday … Continue reading

Canada | A national strategy aimed at finding jobs for unemployed centrally managed

An under-reported aspect of the federal budget is the Harper government’s plan to modify unemployment programs in order to better match workers with employers struggling with labour shortages. The strategy will increase retraining for unemployed Canadians, while making it more difficult for employers to hire workers from aboard when unemployed Canadians are available. Those facts … Continue reading

Active Labour Market Policy | Profiling potential long-term unemployment at the individual level

“Many OECD countries have developed and currently utilise a profiling tool which predicts the risk of Long-term unemployment (LTU). Pioneers in the development of this tool in the early 1990s included the US, Australia, Canada and the UK followed in later years by Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, France and the Netherlands amongst others” writes Mgr. Tomas … Continue reading


Active labour market policies are commonly used tool to fight unemployment. In the early 1960s all Scandinavian countires have introduced several different measures to have an effect on their labour markets. In the late 1970s in most developed countries of OECD government expenditures on those policies reached the level of 1-1.5% of GDP. High levels of expenditures created a need … Continue reading

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