Evaluation research aims to quantify and evaluate causal relationships. The analysis of the effect of policy changes, program participation or other measures is therefore a central task of evaluation. The appropriate methods are applied in all research areas of the research department Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy. In the research area Social Welfare Institutions, which focuses on the evaluation of labour market policies, the role of evaluation methods is prominent. On the basis of evaluation research, the ZEW delivers sound empirical evidence to the policy makers, in order to enable them to design effective and efficient social welfare policies and institutions
The research department has a leading role with respect to classical ex-post evaluation of active and passive labour market policies. Many years of experience in this field and a long record of studies on the basis of the administrative data of the federal employment agency are reasons for this. For example, the ZEW has contributed extensively to the evaluation of the “Hartz-reforms”, a major reform of German Labour market institutions, during the recent years.
In order to assess the impact of future policies (ex-ante evaluation), the research area has developed an extensive behavioural micro-simulation model. This model simulates the impact of the German tax and transfer system on households and individuals net income and their labour supply responses. Moreover, this simulation model can interact with a generalised equilibrium model, which has also been developed by our research department. This combined model allows the consideration of macro economic effects in ex-ante evaluations. To our knowledge, this is the most advanced model of its kind for Germany.
This Evaluation platform provides a list of all researchers that are involved in evaluation research in the field of labour economics. In addition this platform contains links to publications, projects and events on the topic of evaluation that take place at the ZEW.
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