The Economics Service was established in 2018. Its role is to assist government ministries and research teams within the Institute in the use of economic and empirical tools for purposes of policy planning and evaluation.
The Economics Service has initiated a number of macroeconomic research studies. In addition, the Service takes part in Institute efforts to assess the economic and social impact of public intervention programs on the participants and on the economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused multiple changes in both the labor market and in unemployment benefits policies. These changes may have long-term effects on the job market as well as on jobseekers’ needs. In order to understand these changes, the report reviews the international experience in the unemployment benefit area during the pandemic.
This review examines the eligibility for unemployment benefits in the post-retirement age group in selected OECD countries. The review further examines the eligibility criteria and the nature and scope of the benefits granted in those countries where people who are beyond the retirement age are eligible for unemployment benefits.
The objectives of the review was to learn about the pricing and budgeting of welfare services and gain insights into the process of procuring welfare services in OECD countries. This review focuses in particular on service tenders that include components based on payment by performance and price-based competition.