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Scheme participation and employment outcome of young unemployed people: empirical findings from nine European countries

Hans Dietrich

in Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0006
Scheme participation and employment outcome of young unemployed people: empirical findings from nine European countries

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This chapter explores the active labour market policy in Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Germany. It specifically evaluates the probability of employment after participation in labour market training schemes and possible effects on income. The risk of re-unemployment is particularly high in Finland and Scotland, while the re-employment risk is high in Scotland, Iceland and Spain. Training scheme participation is highest in Germany and Sweden, while a return to education is higher in the Nordic countries. The unemployment-to-work transition is highly dependent on country-specific conditions and on individual characteristics. Moreover, former scheme participation of longer unemployed young people does not significantly decrease income compared to non-participation, but neither does it substantially improve income. The data generally suggest that different mechanisms operate between the obtaining of a job and job outcome.

Keywords: scheme participation; employment; labour market policy; income; Finland; Iceland; Norway; Sweden; Denmark; Spain

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