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November 2013

26.11.2013 – ZEW (twa/kbo)

Private-Sector Wage Subsidies Could Help Unemployed Immigrants Find a Job

Access to the regular labour market is much harder for immigrants than for the native-born population in many European countries. Governments in Europe thus use active labour market policies to support unemployed immigrants. Wage subsidies in the private sector are particularly effective in facilitating the labour market integration of immigrants, while training measures, job search assistance or wage subsidies in the public sector are less suitable to increase immigrants’ employment rates. These are the findings of a meta-analysis conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. ZEW researchers evaluated 33 scientific studies on the impact of labour market policies on immigrants in Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland for this analysis. read more

April 2012

11.04.2012 – ZEW (tzw/kbo)

Quality Vocational Education Pays Off for Firms

Quality vocational education pays off for young professionals who stay with their training companies, as has been shown over and over. According to new insights, however, young professionals who change to a new company directly after their training period can benefit as well: from a good training quality and from a strict selection of trainees by their training company. This is an important finding since employees who change to a new company directly after their vocational training are frequently suspected of having a below-average performance. A notably worse payment compared to professionals who stay with their training company is the immediate consequence of this presumption. Some of the young professionals who change to a new company manage to avoid severe cuts in payment since they are able to convince the new company of having had an excellent vocational education. The new employers usually take a close look on the quality of the training firms and accordingly adjust their payment offers. They might for example reward applicants if they had been trained in a large company, if their former companies paid their trainees relatively high wages , and if their former companies had works councils supervising the quality of the vocational education. These factors contribute to an increase of the initial payment of those who change to a new company of up to eight per cent. These are the main findings of a recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. read more

December 2011

19.12.2011 – ZEW (hbo/mka/kbo)

Successfully Safeguarding Skilled Personnel Would Significantly Increase Wealth in Germany

If politics and economy do not manage to considerably increase the labour force participation of senior employees and women in the coming years, the German economy and thus all German citizens will face substantial losses in wealth. Yet, if the loss of labour force due to demographic changes can be balanced out partially, cumulative wealth gains could be achieved, amounting to approximately 450 billion euros between 2014 and 2025. This approximately equals the current annual gross domestic product of Bavaria. These are the findings of a study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The study analyses wealth effects resulting from different measures to safeguard skilled personnel. read more


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