Evaluating Latvia's Active Labour Market Policies

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This report on Latvia is the fifth country study published in a series of reports looking into how policies connect people with jobs. It focuses on Latvia's long-term unemployed and those at risk of long-term unemployment. The report analyses linked administrative microdata to evaluate quantitatively the impact of activation policies elaborated in Latvia’s Inclusive Employment Strategy 2015-2020. More specifically, it assesses the effectiveness of training measures, employment subsidies and a programme promoting regional mobility. This report derives policy lessons from the empirical results to help the Latvian authorities adjust the activation strategies and measures in order to strengthen labour market participation of the unemployed and improve their labour market outcomes, helping them move into more productive and better quality jobs.

English Also available in: Latvian

Design and delivery of Latvia’s labour market policies

This chapter provides overviews of both active and passive labour market policies in Latvia. First, it presents the set of active labour market policies available to jobseekers. Second, it provides a brief description of the social benefits system and its possible implications for work incentives. The chapter then reviews the activities of the main actors involved in the design and implementation of labour market policies and most importantly of the State Employment Agency (SEA) and municipalities. Special attention is given to the SEA’s engagement with jobseekers and employers, the role of caseworkers and the co‑operation between the SEA and municipalities.




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