Analyzing the effectiveness of policy measures
Designing labor market policies without wasting resources requires reliable information on the effectiveness of policy measures. IZA therefore provides scientifically grounded evaluation studies that analyze to what extent legislation and policy programs achieve their goals and whether these policies have unintended side effects. Our focus is not restricted to labor market policy per se but also includes related policy areas that affect the labor market, such as education, family, pensions, and health.
The evaluation of policies that have already been implemented is usually based on designs with appropriate control groups. In addition to this type of research, IZA also works with structural models that allow for the simulation of the effects of planned changes in a variety of policy areas, in particular the redistributive effects of the tax and benefit system. Our own IZA Evaluation Dataset makes an important contribution to the development of innovative data for the evaluation of future labor market programs.
Our current work focuses on:
• Behavioral microsimulation
• The IZA Evaluation Dataset
• Effective family policy