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Workshop on Local Employment Development 2005
February 9-10, 2005


Against the widening regional divergences in labor market conditions which have become apparent in the sluggish economy since 1990s, there are calls for promoting policy decentralization and moves to transfer authority on employment policy to regional governments.

The JILPT, in its medium-term research, analyses factors that create regional divergences in the unemployment structure, and makes proposals on industrial policy and on measures for improving the labor market conditions. As part of this research, it invited researchers from the EU countries, the U.S., and the OECD to a research workshop with the principal objective of learning from international experience.

Participants (Discussant)
OECD Sylvain Giguère Deputy Head, LEED Programme, OECD
EU Robert Strauss

Head of Unit, Employment Strategy, DG Employment And Social Affairs, European Commission

U.K. Ivan Turok Professor, University of Glasgow
Germany Hugh Mosley Senior Fellow, Social Science CenterBerlin (WZB)
France Xavier Greffe Professor, Université de Paris I, Sorbonne
Italy Claudio Tagliaferro,

Manager, Area Studi Instituzionali e Normativi, ISFOL

Denmark Jan Hendeliowitz

Regional Director, The Public Employment Service, Storstrøm Region

U.S. Randall Eberts

Executive Director, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Kozo Aoyama President, Urban Policy Institute of New York
Canada Michèle Fong

Manager, Active Employment Measures Policy, Human Research and Skills Development, Canada

Japan Yoshio Higuchi

Professor, Keio University and Senior Research Fellow, JILPT

Minoru Ito Research Director, JILPT
Kazufumi Yugami Researcher, JILPT
Papers submitted to the Workshop and Authors

The following is the book containing papers presented at the workshop with report of some successful cases of regional employment development in each country, which was added to the papers based on the discussions at the workshop.

Local Governance for Promoting Employment
—Comparing the Performance of Japan and Seven Countries—

Edited by Sylvain Giguère, Yoshio Higuchi,

and the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training

Chapter 1
Sylvain Giguère and
Yoshio Higuchi
Local Governance for Promoting Economic and Employment Development
Chapter 2PDF
Yoshio Higuchi (Japan) The Reasons Why Japan's Local Communities Need Employment Strategies
Chapter 3PDF
Sylvain Giguère (OECD) Local Employment Development, Decentralisation, Governance and the Role of Government
Chapter 4PDF
Robert Strauss (EU) The Local Dimension of the European Employment Strategy
Chapter 5PDF
Xavier Greffe (France) Local Employment Development: The French Model
Chapter 6PDF
Ivan Turok (U.K.) Local Employment Measures in the U.K.: Overview and Assessment
Chapter 7
Randall W. Eberts (U.S.) Overview of State and Local Economic Development Policies and Practice in the United States
Chapter 8
Kozo Aoyama(U.S.) Regional Employment Development Policies and Programs in the United States
Chapter 9PDF
Jan Hendeliowitz and
Carina B. Woollhead (Denmark)
Employment Policy in Denmark: High Levels of Employment, Flexibility and Welfare Security
Chapter 10PDF
Michèle Fong (Canada) Active Employment Measures in Canada: the Role of Regional Economic Development Agencies
Chapter 11PDF
Claudio Tagliaferro (Italy) Instruments and Programmes for Local Development in Italy
Chapter 12PDF
Hugh Mosley (Germany) Job-Centers for Local Employment Promotion in Germany
Chapter 13PDF
Minoru Ito and
Kazufumi Yugami (Japan)
The Transition and Current Situation of Regional Employment Policies in Japan
List of AuthorsPDF (31KB)
List of ParticipantsPDF (88KB)
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