PUPn4402 Employment and labour market policy: European perspective

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 12 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Sirovátka, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Zuzana Schwidrowski, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Tomáš Sirovátka, CSc.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 12:00–13:40 M117
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
To introduce students into principles, goals, measures and effects of employment and labor market policies. Promoting students’ insight into interrelations between those economic and social processes that have impact on employment policy functioning. To introduce students into methods of labor market analysis and labor market policy analysis as well as into principles of making and implementing measures and projects in the field of employment.
Learning outcomes
after completing the course the students - understand the purpose of use of various tools of labour market policy and their links to the specific problems of the labour market - are able to identify moest appropriate tools of labour market policies - are able to analyse the effects of the labour market policies - are able to suggest the specific solutions of labour market problems
  • I. The overall framework, the strategy 1. Implications for LM policy emerging from LM theory 2. Employment policy: macroeconomic regulation of labour demand 3. LM policy II. Pasive and active LM policy 4. Income replacement in unemployment and assessment of the schemes of unemployment benefits 5. The developments of active LM policy 6. Active LM policy - the principles and types of measures 7. LM policy in the Czech Republic (specific features) 8. Perspectives of development of employment and LM policy III. Effects of LM policy and evaluation 9. The effects of LM policy 10. Analysis of the effects of LM policy
    required literature
  • Nicaise I. et al. „Pitfalls and Dilemmas in Labour Market Policies for Disadvantaged Groups and How to Avoid Them.“ European Journal of Social Policy 1995, 5: 199-217.
  • deKonning J. 2001. Labour Market Policy and Unemployment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar,
  • Serrano Pacual, A., Magnusson, L. Reshaping Welfare States and Activation Regimes. Oxford: Peter Lang.
    not specified
  • OECD 2005. Employment Outlook. Chapter 4: Labour Market Programmes and Activation Strategie: Evaluating the Impacts (www. oecd.org)
  • Calmfors L. Active Labour Market Policy and Unemployment. A Framework for the Analysis of Crucial Design Features. Paris, OECD 1994
Teaching methods
lecturing, class discussion, homeworks, readings seminar paper and feedback
Assessment methods
2 tests, 5 questions each, points seminar paper and assessment of it exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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