November 14, 2012 | Contribution by
DAVID GRUBB AND JOCHEN KLUVE
David Grubb is a Senior Economist, Employment Analysis and Policies Division at the OECD Labour and Social Affairs Directorate
Jochen Kluve is a Professor of Labor Economics at Humboldt University, Berlin
Governments worldwide are increasingly exploring policies that will remove the constraints or disincentives for individuals to have access to jobs. One set of interventions are active labor market programs, which focus on employment services, training, and subsidies to employers to stimulate hiring. Governments are also looking at alternative activation strategies, which essentially reward those who search for jobs with benefit payments and support services. At a conference in Istanbul April 30-May 1 this year (sponsored by IZA/OECD/WB), about 120 researchers and policy makers from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa gathered to debate these policies.
In Part III of a three-part series, we hear from David Grubb, Senior Economist in the Employment Analysis and Policies Division of the OECD Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, who points out the knowledge gaps on labor markets stemming from problems getting comparable data globally. Jochen Kluve, Professor of Labor Economics, Humboldt University, Berlin, emphasizes the importance of a lifetime of learning – and targeted measures for different age groups - to ensure that people of all ages have the needed jobs and life skills for the labor market.
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