In contrast the RLMCs do not produce labor-market services for the unemployed.
Extra resources were allocated if the RLMCs exceeded the already boosted budgets (cf.
In spite of some central guidelines and targets regarding the effect of activation, the RLMCs are fairly free to choose among different instruments.
Our indicators tend to underestimate rather than overestimate diversity across the RLMCs.
The RLMCs provide but do not produce activation services themselves and thus do not make staff decisions.
Our measure of diversity is based on population data; that is, it includes the total number of counties and RLMCs. Using population data reduces the need for statistical analysis of the significance of our findings, but in order to indicate the strength of the findings, we have analyzed whether the differences in diversity across sectors and indicators are significant (see appendix).
Compared to both services provided by the county councils, regional labor-market policy provided by the RLMCs is characterized by much more diversity across regions.