Policy interventions to tackle labour shortages: Review of policy evaluations

The overall objective of the project is to explore and assess the effectiveness and efficiency (in terms of what does and does not work, and the possible underlying reasons for this) of a list of national policy measures taken to address labour shortages in sectors where longer standing shortages have been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically the health, care and ICT sectors and sectors and occupations linked to the twin digital and green transitions.

As a part of the project, we prepared a case study: Support for attracting medical personnel to rural regions in Latvia. The project includes an evaluation of the extent to which these policy measures effectively contribute to the alleviation of such shortages; identifies the main enabling and hindering factors within their respective policy contexts of implementation together with their strengths and weaknesses; and analyzes the relationship between the features of the measures and their impact on tackling labour shortages.