Programme evaluation Social experiments Labour market
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
O'Neill, Donal. 'Evaluating labour market interventions'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000, pp177-214
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXIX, 1999/2000, pp177-214
The high growth rates experienced in Ireland over the last 10 years has
resulted in a tightening of the labour market which is reflected in the number of
unfilled vacancies reported by firms. At the same time wage inequality has increased
leading to greater demands being placed on the government to tackle social
exclusion. In response to these issues, recent governments have proposed a range of
policies involving direct intervention in the labour market. Effective implementation
of these policies requires careful monitoring and evaluation of their effects. This
paper examines the procedures currently available for evaluating labour market
interventions. The results of recent evaluations of minimum wages laws, reform of
the benefit system and changes in working-time conditions are used to illustrate the
methodologies involved. The paper also describes the data requirements of these
methodologies and examines the currently available Irish labour market data in this
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