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Vouchers, contracting-out and performance standards: Market mechanisms in active labor market policy

Date

October 24-25, 2008

Place

The Workshop of Vouchers, contracting-out and performance standards: Market mechanisms in active labor market policy (market 2008) will be held in Congress Centre of Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency), Regensburger Strasse 104, Nuremberg, Germany, Room 164

Abstract

During the last years, market mechanisms have gained importance in the provision of employment services. In Germany, access to further training programs is now granted through vouchers, issued by caseworkers. Also, unemployed persons may ask for a voucher that entitles them to use the services of a private placement agency or may be assigned to private agencies that compete on a quasi-market. Only recently, for older persons also a wage subsidy voucher has been introduced. But does the introduction of market mechanisms into originally public bureaucracies in fact improve efficiency and flexibility of services delivered?

The workshop presents international current research on the use of market mechanisms in active labor market policy. The scientific committee encourages in particular contributions on vouchers for active labor market programs, on contracting-out of employment services, but also on performance standards for public bureaucracies as well as for private providers, related to active labor market policies. Theoretical contributions, empirical research using survey evidence or experiments as well as policy-orientated papers are welcome.

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Programm

Additional information

  • Nachlese
  • This "InfoSpecial" (special information sheet), created on the occasion of this workshop, presents a selection of the theoretical and empirical literature available.
  • Call for Papers 

Cooperation

Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER)

German Research Foundation

University of Freiburg

 

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