This project assessed the impact of new public measures to foster mediation of the unemployed into employment. Based on micro- and macroeconomic data effects of mediation vouchers, the delegation of mediation to private firms (§37a SGB III), and the new public personal service agencies (PSA) have been investigated. The project was commissioned by the research institute of the German public employment agencies. The new measures aim at enhancing the efficiency of public mediation, to reduce unemployment duration and to foster employment.The empirical research agenda consisted of a well defined mix of quantitative and qualitative investigations on the level of the unemployed persons, at the institutional level of the public employment agencies and at the macro level. Based on microeconometric non parametric evaluation methods the project assessed the treatment on the treated effect of the new mediation measures. Active labour market policies might determine the employment prospects of non-participants through second effects as well. Therefore macroeconometric evaluations completed the overall assessments. As an additional and integral part of the research project the implementation of the new mediation measures on the level of the 180 public employment agencies had been investigated based on experts opinions and qualitative interviews with mediation experts and the unemployed as well. This part identified best practices and enhanced the understanding of the viewpoint of the unemployed during the process of mediation.

Selected Publications

Monographs, Contributions to Edited Volumes

Pfeiffer, Friedhelm, Henrik Winterhager and Anja Heinze (2006), Mikroökonometrische Analyse der direkten Effekte von Vermittlungsgutscheinen, in: Thomas Kruppe BeitrAB, LLL:citation.label.volume 301, IAB, Nürnberg, 87-110.

Discussion and Working Papers

Pfeiffer, Friedhelm and Henrik Winterhager (2006), Vermittlungsgutscheine und Beauftragungen Dritter im Vergleich, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 06-036, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarkt-Forschung . Download

Pfeiffer, Friedhelm and Henrik Winterhager (2006), Selektivität und direkte Wirkungen von Vermittlungsgutscheinen: Empirische Befunde aus der Einführungsphase, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 06-017, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik. Download

Project duration

01.05.2003 - 30.10.2005


PD Dr. Alexander Spermann
Dr. Werner Sörgel

Project members

PD Dr. Friedhelm Pfeiffer (Coordinator)
PD Dr. Alexander Spermann (Coordinator)
Dr. Werner Sörgel (Coordinator)
Dr. Anja Heinze
Dr. Henrik Winterhager
Gaby Wunderlich

Cooperation partner

Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung, Tübingen, DE
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Hujer, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, DE
Prof. Bernd Fitzenberger Ph. D., ZEW und Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, DE
Gesellschaft für Sozialforschung und Marktforschung mbH, München, DE