UK’s Welfare Reform – Conditionality measures and the flexibility of the UK Labour Market

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UK’s Welfare Reform – Conditionality measures and the flexibility of the UK Labour Market
June 03, 2014

This event coincided with widespread welfare reforms in the United Kingdom, aimed at improving the flexibility of the labor market and lowering the unemployment rate. Discussions focused on welfare migration, and migrant access to benefits.

The conference opened with a speech by UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP. This preceded a presentation from IZA World of Labor Editor-in-Chief Klaus F. Zimmermann, who commented on the UK reforms from a German and EU perspective.

Read more about the event here.

Related articles:
Circular migration, by Klaus F Zimmermann
The welfare magnet hypothesis and the welfare take-up of migrants, by Corrado Giulietti

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