Re-thinking Labour Market Policies in Southern Europe by bringing in Labour Market Actors

This project analyses the institutional and policy conditions for effectiveness of labour market policies in Portugal and Spain and to provide some policy orientation as to how to improve their positive contribution to the labour market.
During the last fifteen years, flexicurity has become the dominant paradigm orienting labour market policies in EU countries. ‘Active’ measures (mainly involving the promotion of training as well as incentives for employers) are now the central elements of policy in the area of employment creation. In spite of the increasing emphasis and resources devoted to these policies, their effect upon labour market performance in many EU countries has been lower than expected. This is most notably the case of the Southern European countries. Largely due to the structural characteristics of their economies and compounded by the emergent crisis, the negative labour market performance of these countries has demonstrated the poor effectiveness of this policy approach. The aim of this project is to shed light upon the political and social influences upon this failure.

Start date: 01/12/2011

Finish date: 01/12/2013

Financing: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad

Responsable researcher: Oscar Molina (España) / Alan Stoleroff (Portugal)

Team: Fausto Miguélez, Antonio Martín-Artiles, Alejandro Godino

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