Electoral Cycles in Active Labor Market Policies

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URI: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-opus-55939
Dokumentart: ResearchPaper
Date: 2011
Source: University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance ; 2
Language: English
Faculty: 6 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Department: Wirtschaftswissenschaften
DDC Classifikation: 330 - Economics
Keywords: Arbeitsmarktpolitik , Arbeitsmarkt
Other Keywords:
political business cycles, opportunistic politicians, active labor market policies
License: Publishing license excluding print on demand
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We examine how electoral motives influence active labor market policies that promote job-creation. Such policies reduce unemployment statistics. Using German state data for the period 1985 to 2004, we show that election-motivated politicians pushed job-promotion schemes before elections.

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