Should welfare administration be centralized or decentralized? : Evidence from a policy experiment


Boockmann, Bernhard ; Thomsen, Stephan L. ; Walter, Thomas ; Goebel, Christian ; Huber, Martin


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/3106
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-31068
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2010
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: I38 J64 C31 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Sozialverwaltung , Arbeitsverwaltung , Dezentralisation , Wirkungsanalyse , Berufliche Integration , Schätzung
Keywords (English): Welfare system , organization , decentralization , labor market integration
Abstract: The 2005 reform of the German welfare system introduced two competing organizational models for welfare administration. In most districts, a centralized organization was established where local welfare agencies are bound to central directives. At the same time, 69 districts were allowed to opt for a decentralized organization. We evaluate the relative success of both types of organizations. Compared to centralized organization, decentralized organization of welfare administration has a negative effect on the transition of male welfare recipients to self-sufficient employment, but it does not affect employment in combination with continuing welfare support. No significant effects were found for women.
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Boockmann, Bernhard ; Thomsen, Stephan L. ; Walter, Thomas ; Goebel, Christian ; Huber, Martin (2010) Should welfare administration be centralized or decentralized? : Evidence from a policy experiment. Open Access [Working paper]
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