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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.

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Activating Latvia’s most vulnerable groups

This Chapter analyses the labour market situation of Latvia’s most vulnerable groups, mainly the long-term unemployed, young and old unemployed persons and persons with disabilities. First, it presents recent trends in unemployment, disability and Guaranteed Minimum Income benefit recipiency and examines the extent to which certain population groups are dependent on these benefits. Second, it conducts an in-depth assessment of Latvia’s employment subsidy programmes that focus on the most vulnerable groups. Finally, the Chapter discusses Latvia’s Public Works Programme that was extensively used during the economic crisis as an income support measure combined with activation support.

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