How governments should help those on the dole

ALTHOUGH Britain and America can feel smug about their unemployment rates of 5.6% and 5.3%, other countries are still fire-fighting. The Spanish and Italian governments are grappling with rates of 22.4% and 12.7% respectively, and in June the euro-zone average was 11.1%. But what works when people are not working? A new NBER Working paper* offers a guide for governments desperate to reduce the ranks of the unemployed.

“Active labour market programmes” are schemes meant to help...

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