Evaluation of the reaction of the ESF to the economic and financial crisis

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


This evaluation focused on the assessment of experience collected with the ESF since the beginning of the crisis (i.e. second half of 2008), i.e. it referred to the 2007-2013 ESF programming period. In doing so, also the findings of recent social policy research including labour market studies and economic theory were taken into account. Consistency between the findings of this evaluation and general research had to be ensured. The main role of wiiw in this project, which was conducted in cooperation with Metis, was to perform econometric estimations of the impact on the labour market.


December 2010 - December 2011

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Magdalena Höllhuber, Sebastian Leitner, Robert Stehrer, Hermine Vidovic

Project Partners


Keywords: labour market

Countries covered: EU27

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution