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Did a series of reforms weaken the income position of welfare recipients?

Successive Dutch governments have undertaken reforms in an effort to reduce the number of welfare recipients and increase their participation in the labor market. These attempts have had negative effects for some categories of workers.

That is what Jan Cremers (Tilburg Law School) concludes in e new publication of the French Institut de recherche économiques et sociales (IRES). A special issue of its Chronique is dedicated to the protection of welfare recipients and the debates and reforms that have taken place in recent decades.

In the Dutch contribution, Jan Cremers points out that during the crises of the nineties and the beginning of the 2000s, with a sharp rise in (long-term) unemployment, large numbers of unemployed were transferred to social protection schemes when their unemployment rights expired. Successive governments have undertaken reforms in an effort to reduce the number of welfare recipients and increase their participation in the labor market. For the time being, these attempts have had negative effects for some categories of workers.

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