NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Anders Forslund

Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

E-Mail: anders.forslund@ifau.uu.se

NBER Working Papers and Publications

February 2010Did Active Labor Market Policies Help Sweden Rebound from the Depression of the Early 1990s?
with Alan Krueger
in Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden, Richard B. Freeman, Birgitta Swedenborg and Robert Topel, editors
January 2000The Swedish Youth Labor Market in Boom and Depression
with Per-Anders Edin, Bertil Holmlund
in Youth Employment and Joblessness in Advanced Countries, David G. Blanchflower and Richard B. Freeman, editors
January 1997An Evaluation of the Swedish Active Labor Market Policy: New and Received Wisdom
with Alan B. Krueger
in The Welfare State in Transition: Reforming the Swedish Model, Richard B. Freeman, Robert Topel, and Birgitta Swedenborg, editors
July 1994An Evaluation of the Swedish Active Labor Market Policy: New and Received Wisdom
with Alan B. Krueger: w4802
About 3% of GNP is spent on government labor market programs in Sweden, compared to 2% in Germany and less than 0.5% in the U.S. In Sweden these programs include extensive job training, public sector relief work, recruitment subsidies, youth programs, mobility bonuses, and unemployment benefits. Using county-level data, we provide new evidence that public relief workers displace other workers, especially in the construction sector. Our review of the previous literature suggests that job training programs have small effects on wages and re-employment in Sweden, but precise inferences are difficult because of small sample sizes. We also investigate alternative reasons for the stability of the Beveridge Curve in Sweden, and compare regional evolutions of employment and unemployment in Swe...

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