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19/03/2012

Analysis of costs and benefits of active compared to passive measures

Report financed by and prepared for the use the European Commission/ Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion DG (VC/2010/0064)


Analyses the use of active and passive Labour Market Policies (LMP) since 1990 to help formulate LMP in the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy and the exit strategy from the 2008 crisis. Covers: the rationales and theoretical impacts of active and passive measures (APM); trends in public expenditure on APM; the origin of funding and the main institutions responsible for key LMP delivery in the EU as well as the implications of the different funding mechanisms. Analyses the effectiveness of APM and reviews the literature documenting recent crisis related policies. Draws conclusions on the priorities, pitfalls and timing of the implementation of a mixture of APM over the next ten years. Identifies gaps in the knowledge of the measures effectiveness and the implications of the gaps for future policy measure design and research.

author(s): Ecorys Labour & Social Policy; IZA - M. van der Ende, M. Peters, A. Biesma, D. Dimitrova (Ecorys ),
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