Business and the Development of Active Labor Market Policies in the the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WMP Yudowitz Seminar Room 1 (University of Glasgow)
Joshua Gordon , Public Policy, Simon Fraser University
This chapter investigates the development of labor market policies in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. The paper hypothesizes that employer groups are: (a) more likely to support job search assistance than retraining programs, and prefer both to job creation programs; (b) that employers in political economies where they are integrated into the administration of the policies are more likely to support them than otherwise; and (c) that employer support will decline across political economies in the face of liberalizing labor market policy and when unemployment rates rise for a prolonged period. It tests these hypotheses against the historical record.