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The Origins of Active Social PolicyLabour Market and Childcare Policies in a Comparative Perspective$
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Giuliano Bonoli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669769.001.0001

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Quantitative Evidence: The Determinants of Public Spending on Active Labour Market Policy and Childcare

Quantitative Evidence: The Determinants of Public Spending on Active Labour Market Policy and Childcare

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(p.149) 7 Quantitative Evidence: The Determinants of Public Spending on Active Labour Market Policy and Childcare
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The Origins of Active Social Policy
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Giuliano Bonoli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669769.003.0007

This chapter investigates the question of the determinants of active social policies by analysing trends in public spending on active labour market policy and childcare policy. The period covered for active labour market policy is 1980 to 2009. Because of data availability problems, only the period 1998–2007 is covered in the analysis of childcare policy. The method used is pooled time series. The result indicate a strong impact of needs: unemployment is a strong predictor of spending on ALMPs, while female employment is strongly correlated with spending on childcare. In addition, in the field of ALMPs, trade openness is found to play a fairly important role. In the field of childcare, women’s presence in parliaments (positive) and the strength of Christian Democrats (negative) are found to be related to spending. Spending on old age impacts negatively in both fields.

Keywords:   welfare state, active social policy, recalibration, pooled time series, active labour market policy, childcare

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