by Rita Asplund (January, 2019)
This Brief first discusses why policy decision-making concerning public employment services (PES) needs to rely also on evidence-based knowledge about the effects of such measures. It also addresses what this knowledge should be based on to be considered as providing reliable guidance for the impact of various PES measures.
Next our current international as well as national knowledge on the effects of a set of major PES measures is drawn together in a concise way. The general impression inevitably is that the knowledge base of today can only paint a rather rough picture of the impact of such measures.
A range of important questions remain unanswered: What exactly works? For whom? Why does it work? And at what price? These four questions are addressed by pointing to the most critical needs of change and progress. Most of these knowledge gaps have already been alluded to several times over the past years. So why do we have to constantly remind ourselves about this? Perhaps the most honest answer is that in Finland we have not yet succeeded in establishing a solid tradition of assessing the effectiveness of PES.
by Mehtap Akgüç, Miroslav Beblavý, Zachary Kilhoffer (December, 2018)
The IRSDACE project – Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue in the Age of Collaborative Economy -, funded by DG EMPL of the European Commission, aims to identify how traditional players in the labour market, e.g. trade unions, employers’ associations, member states and the EU, experience and respond to the collaborative economy.
Seven country case studies have been produced in this project covering Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain. The reports show both the perspectives of industrial relations actors at the national level and the experiences of platform workers. This final project output brings the national case study results together in a comparative study along with the perspectives of European social partners, the results of a cross-country online survey of platform workers, and an assessment of how platform economy issues are being addressed globally, particularly in the US, China and India.
by Frances McGinnity, Raffaele Grotti, Sarah Groarke, Sarah Coughlan (December, 2018)
This study entitled looks at Central Statistics Office data from the Quarterly National Household Survey Equality Modules from 2004, 2010 and 2014 to capture how labour market outcomes and the experience of discrimination have changed through economic boom, recession and early recovery.
The research published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the Economic and Social Research Institute examines the experience of immigrants and minority ethnic groups in the Irish labour market across four measures: employment rates; occupation; discrimination when seeking work and in the workplace.
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