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Abolition of the principle of status maintenance for young unemployed below 30 years old.

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The 2011 4th revision of the federal law on unemployment insurance-LACI has redefined the notion of suitable employment for young unemployed under 30 years old. Those unemployed can now be forced to accept jobs that do not match their educational level and previous work experience if required by the PES.
Target group
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: none
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The objective of this measure was to encourage young people to take up work as early as possible, in order to, at the aggregate level, reduce youth unemployment, which was persistently higher than the average unemployment rate in the 2000s.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • dualisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • job guidance, coaching and/or counselling
  • others (Restriction of the notion of suitable employment)
Intended target group
Young unemployed under 30 years old
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection (Unemployment benefits)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Regional PES)
  • central state
Intended output
  • job guidance, coaching and counselling
  • others (restriction of the notion of suitable employment for the unemployed under 30 years old)
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