Active labour market policy by a profit-maximizing firm

R. Gerards*, J. Muysken, R.A.M.H.M. Welters

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This article investigates the effectiveness of an employment programme exclusively run by a private sector firm in order to find out whether such a programme can be beneficial to both the participating individuals and the private firm. To answer these questions, we use a unique dataset on a private employment programme covering 23 years of operations and data on 1,000 participating unemployed individuals. Using conservative estimates, we show that a private employment programme is more effective in reintegrating the unemployed than public efforts, while providing tangible benefits to the firm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-157
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014



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