Assessment of the effectiveness of active labour market policies in crisis and post-crisis situations

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Can active labour market policies (ALMPs) be used to combat unemployment and improve human capital development during the pandemic-induced crisis and in light of trends such as climate change and digitalisation? A crisis can help set the stage for innovation and redefinitions of policy objectives. The present period presents opportunities to experiment with a broad range of ALMPs and accelerate their adoption or consolidate their implementation. This report analyses the effectiveness of ALMPs, with particular focus on policy responses implemented in crisis and post-crisis situations, taking as reference the last major economic and social crisis (2008–10) and other crises that impacted the EU neighbourhood countries. The report reviews the most promising ALMPs to address economic challenges met by EU Member States and ETF partner countries in response to the pandemic-induced crisis.

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