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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2009): Social security - overseas

Does income disregard work?

H. Hiilamo and M. Kautto

Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, vol. 25, 2009, p. 3-16

This article evaluates a three-year experiment involving temporary amendment of the Act on Social Assistance in Finland in 2000-2003. The amendment enabled social assistance recipients to earn some income without having it deducted from their benefits payments. This research used register data obtained from national and municipal sources to investigate whether improved financial incentives increased work participation among social assistance recipients. Results show that the reform improved incentives to accept work and ameliorated the economic situation of households, but effects were very modest in terms of numbers.

Flexicurity

P. Auer and others

CESifo DICE Report, vol. 6, Winter 2008, p. 3-40

This forum discusses the development and implementation of flexicurity policies in the Netherlands, in Denmark and across the EU. Flexicurity can be conceived as comprising a golden triangle of adjustment between loose employment protection, generous unemployment benefits, and active labour market policies negotiated by the social partners. However, sometimes it includes a whole array of institutions and social rights as in the recently developed 'common principles of flexicurity' launched by the European Commission in 2007. The common principles comprise new contractual arrangements, active labour market policies, life-long learning and a modern social protection system.

Working Cities Knowledge Exchange

N. Branosky

Working Brief, Nov. 2008, p. 13-15

This article reports on a study visit to the city of Philadelphia which investigated how it is responding to the current financial crisis which is leading to rising unemployment. The study tour involved a five-day programme of visits and looked at provision of job training and job placement services.

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