Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106289
Authors: 
Mellander, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2014:24
Abstract: 
The scope of public human resource policy is outlined. Motivation for the need of transparency in this policy is provided in terms of informational asymmetries, human capital externalities, and long planning horizons. Transparency is defined both along a time dimension - ex ante and ex post - and by a taxonomy due to Geraats (2014), referring to different facets of decision-making, implementation, and outcomes: political, economic, procedural, policy, and operational transparency. Five aspects on human resource policy relevant for transparency are considered: efficiency and equity, input utilization, learning outcomes, the dimensioning of education, and benefits and costs. Finally, suggestions for improved transparency are considered. These involve devoting resources to research on the measurement of human capital externalities, facilitation of ex ante benefit-cost analyses preceding human resource policy decisions, and strengthening of political accountability through intermediate follow-ups during policy implementation, combined with commitment of funds to finance independent evaluations of the policy's effects.
Subjects: 
market failures
human capital externalities
long planning horizons
ex ante benefit-cost analyses
effect evaluations
JEL: 
I28
H11
H44
D62
D61
H83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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