Leigh begins by providing a summary of the evolution of labor market programs in seven industrialized countries: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. He points out that a number of these nations are dealing with long-term unemployment by linking unemployment insurance benefits to participation in labor market programs, and that this is a requirement U.S. policy makers should examine closely. Leigh also performs informal cross-country evaluations of these countries' programs,focusing on policies he feels merit attention. A three-level active labor market program is then proposed for the U.S.


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  1. Introduction
  2. Fundamental Differences Between Nations in Labor Market Policies
  3. An Overview of Existing Evaluation Evidence for the United States
  4. Retraining Workers in Marketable Skills
  5. Assisting the Unemployed in Job Search
  6. Conclusion


Financial support provided by the W.E. Upjohn Institue and the International Labour Office


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Subject Areas

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Job security and unemployment dynamics; Dislocated workers; UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Unemployment insurance; Benefits and duration; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Labor exchange

Assisting Workers Displaced by Structural Change: An International Perspective




Leigh, Duane E. 1995. Assisting Workers Displaced by Structural Change: An International Perspective. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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