ZEW Economic Studies

Germany's 2005 Welfare Reform

Evaluating Key Characteristics with a Focus on Immigrants

Authors: Walter, Thomas

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In January 2005, the German government enacted a substantial reform of the welfare system, the so-called “Hartz IV reform”. This book evaluates key characteristics of the reform from a microeconometric perspective. It investigates whether a centralized or decentralized organization of welfare administration is more successful to integrate welfare recipients into employment. Moreover, it analyzes the employment effects of an intensified use of benefit sanctions and evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of the most frequently assigned Active Labor Market Programs. The analyses have a focus on immigrants, who are highly over-represented in the German welfare system.​

About the authors

Thomas Walter studied Economics at the University of Hannover and at the University of Bristol with special emphasis on economic policy, labour economics and econometrics. He works at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim as a researcher in the department of "Labour Markets, Human Resources and Social Policy". His research focuses on the labour market activation of welfare recipients.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Walter, Thomas

    Pages 1-6

  • Background for the Empirical Analyses: Institutional Details and Data

    Walter, Thomas

    Pages 7-31

  • Centralized versus Decentralized Welfare Administration

    Walter, Thomas

    Pages 33-50

  • The Employment Effects of an Intensified Use of Benefit Sanctions

    Walter, Thomas

    Pages 51-71

  • The Effectiveness of Temporary Extra Jobs and Short-Term Training Programs

    Walter, Thomas

    Pages 73-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Germany's 2005 Welfare Reform
Book Subtitle
Evaluating Key Characteristics with a Focus on Immigrants
Authors
Series Title
ZEW Economic Studies
Series Volume
46
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-2870-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7908-2870-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7908-2869-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42856-2
Series ISSN
1615-6781
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 264
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