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Effects of reintegration activities on the Dutch labour market, regarding several levels of education

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In the Netherlands during the early nineteen nineties social security administration offices and labour exchange offices decided to co-operate. Goal of this cooperation is to support the reintegration of unemployed people into the labour market and to shorten the individual spells of unemployment. As a result of the cooperation information is available about levels of education of the unemployed. This article primarely focuses on the effects of reintegration activities on the duration of unemployment for different levels of education. Results of the analysis are compared with the human capital theory. Also the question is discussed whether within the framework of the cooperation persons with a higher level of education have shorter spells of unemployment. Finally there is an analysis of the effects of activities undertaken by the unemployed themselves to find a job. People with a university degree have significant longer spells of unemployment. The reintegration activities of the social security administration offices shorten unemployment durations significantly for this group only. Activities undertaken by the unemployed themselves shorten the spells of unemployment for lower educated people (only primary education) and for persons with higher general secondary/secondary/intermediate vocational education as highest completed education.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: February 1, 2000

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