Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71876
Authors: 
Paetzold, Jörg
van Vliet, Olaf
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Finance, University of Salzburg 2012-09
Abstract: 
The European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to promote convergence of domestic labour market policies by soft law instruments. Previous studies on the impact of the EES are mainly focused on active labour market policies. The present study aims at explaining cross national variation in national passive labour market policies and unemployment benefit levels. Building on the most recent measures and pooled time series data, the empirical findings reveal the presence of a convergence process among the most advanced economies regarding passive labour market policy efforts, with the EES fostering this trend even further. Furthermore, our findings support the argument that the EES creates pressure on governments to reform domestic labour market policies, but this pressure varies across countries and over time. The results suggest that the recommendations from the European Council have contributed to unemployment benefit reform processes.
Subjects: 
Passive labour market policies
convergence
European Employment Strategy
Europeanization
Open Method of Coordination
welfare state
JEL: 
H53
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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