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Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik

Der erweiterte Minijob für Arbeitslose – Ein Reformvorschlag

The recent reform of jobs with reduced social security contributions (the so-called Minijobs) was associated with the expectation that such jobs could serve as a bridge into regular employment for unemployed workers. However, recent experiences with the reform cast substantial doubts on the potential of Minijobs in this regard. Hence, this article develops a proposal for an easily implementable, generous and temporary extension of the current regulation to provide an incentive for unemployed workers to take up such a Minijob. Our proposal is supplemented by an assessment of the expected labor market impact and a monetary cost-benefit analysis.

Fertig, M., J. Kluve and C. Schmidt (2006), Der erweiterte Minijob für Arbeitslose – Ein Reformvorschlag. Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 7, 2, 227-255

DOI: 10.1111/1468-2516.00207