Are the New Deal target groupings well founded? an examination of job search success before the New Deal

Adams, John, Greig, Malcolm and McQuaid, Ronald W (1999) Are the New Deal target groupings well founded? an examination of job search success before the New Deal. SocialScience Working Paper (31).

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    This study examines the appropriateness of the New Deal in targeting specific groups of unemployed jobseekers. This is done using a survey of unemployed jobseekers carried out prior to the implementation of the New Deal framework in April 1998. A sample of 169 unemployed jobseekers in two Travel to Work Areas in central Scotland is divided into those who were successful and those who were unsuccessful in finding employment and each group is analysed in terms of a set of labour market related attributes. The study generates a ‘typical’ profile for those who were successful in job search and a ‘typical’ profile for those who were less successful. These are compared and contrasted with the New Deal target groups. The findings support most of the target grouping basis of the policy but not all and we conclude that the generic aim of the New Deal, to reduce social exclusion, is unlikely to be achieved as effectively if spatial priorities are allowed to supercede the needs of the individual jobseeker.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: New Deal; unemployed; job seekers; travel-to-work; labour market attitudes; social exclusion; inclusion;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
    300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Item ID: 2868
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 16:52
    Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 15:21

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