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Integration into work through active labour market policies in different welfare state regimes

Ira Malmberg-Heimonen and Ilse Julkunen

in Young people in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304371 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345882.003.0012
Integration into work through active labour market policies in different welfare state regimes

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This chapter analyses various occupational outcomes of labour-market measures among young unemployed people in Finland, Sweden, France, and Germany. It explains that these countries vary considerably in their reliance on active labour-market policy, Sweden having the longest experience in this respect. The chapter shows that participation in a scheme did not improve the chances of becoming employed. With the exception of Sweden, those who participated in a scheme had higher risks of becoming unemployed compared with those young people who did not participate. The chapter notes that the results for immigrant youth and youth without any work experience were somewhat better, showing that labour-market schemes do in fact have some effect for more vulnerable groups. It concludes that outcomes of scheme participation can be positive, but they seem more effective in a country such as Sweden with a long history of activation policies.

Keywords: work; labour-market policies; welfare-state regimes; Finland; Sweden; France; Germany; labour-market schemes; immigrant youth; unemployment

Chapter.  5412 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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