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Title:Should welfare administration be centralized or decentralized? Evidence from a policy experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Boockmann, Bernhard
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Walter, Thomas
Göbel, Christian
Huber, Martin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 10-106
Abstract:The 2005 reform of the German welfare system introduced two competing organizational models for welfare administration. In most districts, a centralized organization was established where local welfare agencies are bound to central directives. At the same time, 69 districts were allowed to opt for a decentralized organization. We evaluate the relative success of both types of organizations. Compared to centralized organization, decentralized organization of welfare administration has a negative effect on the transition of male welfare recipients to self-sufficient employment, but it does not affect employment in combination with continuing welfare support. No significant effects were found for women.
Subjects:Welfare System
Organization
Decentralization
Labor Market Integration
JEL:I38
J64
C31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
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