Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56773
Authors: 
Boockmann, Bernhard
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Walter, Thomas
Göbel, Christian
Huber, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IAW-Diskussionspapiere 69
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

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