Regional Unemployment. Petri Böckerman in "Unravelling the mystery of regional unemployment in Finland", discusses regional differences in unemployment and shows that a Schumpterian process of creative destruction is lowering the unemployment rate.
By Labour Institute for Economic Research, Finland.
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Audit of Wisconsin Works (W2). The Legislative Audit Bureau of Wisconsin have issued this evaluation of the famous welfare to work scheme. They find that while employment has increased slightly, the jobs are often low paying. The numbers receiving assistance have decreased dramatically. The W2 scheme operates at a higher public cost than the previous AFDC programme. The report includes data on public expenditure and effect on outcomes (welfare caseloads, employment, and income of participants)..
Welfare to Work. The overall move in Europe and the US is to a more active work-based welfare policy. This paper by Martin Evans maps out the target populations and the policy tools used by the UK, US, France, Germany, and the Netherlands in their welfare-to-work programmes. The institutions involved, the conditions imposed on benefit receipt, job search assistance, training, employer subsidies, minimum wages, in-work benefits, and publicly provided work programmes are all meticulously described and compared for all five countries. "Welfare to work and the organisation of opportunity. Lessons from abroad" is published by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion. UK, US, France, Germany, Netherlands
By Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, UK, US, France, Germany, Netherlands.
Labour Mobility in Europe. Unemployment rates as well as incomes per capita differ vastly across the regions of Europe. Labour mobility can play a role in resolving regional disparities. This paper focuses on why labour mobility is low in the EU. "Factor Mobility and Regional Disparities: East, West, Home's Best?", by Richard Nahuis and Ashok Parikh.
By CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, Netherlands.