Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/100558
Authors: 
Launov, Andrey
Wälde, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2014: Evidenzbasierte Wirtschaftspolitik - Session: Labor Market Reform in Germany A02-V2
Abstract: 
To which extent does an increase in effectiveness of a public employment agency on the one hand and a reduction of unemployment benefits on the other reduce unemployment? Using the recent labour market reform in Germany we find that an improved agency explains substantial part of the observed post-reform unemployment decline: 34%. If disincentive effects of the agency reform were avoided, this impact would have become 51%. Contribution of benefit reduction, to the contrary, is modest: 7%. We underline public employment agency as a much more promising target in restructuring welfare states, in contrast to commonly discussed unemployment benefits.
JEL: 
E24
J65
J68
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

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