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State-funded mobility assistance helps the unemployed

Given that employment prospects vary substantially across regions in many industrialized countries, it seems economically attractive to geographically relocate unemployed job-seekers from depressed to prosperous regions in order to reduce overall unemployment. Governments thus offer financial support to unemployed job-seekers … Continue reading

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Gender discrimination at work: What if your boss is a woman?

Despite the remarkable increase of female participation in education, the labor market and political life that has taken place over the past several decades, women are on average still paid less than men and are largely underrepresented in supervisory, managerial … Continue reading

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Turning unemployed into self-employed can be an effective alternative to traditional labor market policies

In order to curb unemployment, OECD countries have made enormous efforts and spent considerable sums on active labor market policies (0.6% of GDP in 2011). Governments have mainly relied on traditional measures such as job creation schemes, training programs, and … Continue reading

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Do case workers really help the unemployed? Interview with Michael Rosholm

Unemployment in Europe, particularly among young people, has risen dramatically during the Great Recession. This has put a lot of pressure on job center employees and their clients, with instances of violent attacks making headlines. We wanted to know how … Continue reading

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A European perspective on long-term unemployment

In the aftermath of the 2008/09 recession, long-term unemployment has increased in many EU member states. Even in some countries with a favorable economic environment that contributed to declines in overall unemployment, the share of long-term unemployed in total unemployment … Continue reading

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Youth unemployment in Europe: What employers and policy makers can do

Youth unemployment has become one of the most pressing and highly discussed issues in Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. However, there is major divergence in youth unemployment rates across European countries with massive increases in Spain, Greece, … Continue reading

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Firms do not benefit from active labor market policies

Do firms benefit from active labor market policies? In order to answer this question, Michael Lechner, Conny Wunsch and Patrycja Scioch investigate the link between variation in the supply of workers who participate in specific types of active labor market … Continue reading

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