The influence of regional logics in altering organizational behavior in decentralized states

This project has received an ODISSEI Microdata Access Grant (MAG) in 2020.

Project applicant: Koen Kuijpers (UT-BMS) and dr. Michel Ehrenhard (UT-BMS).

Project abstract

The Participation Act was introduced on the 1th of January 2015, in order to create a more inclusive labor market in The Netherlands. The actual execution of the Act is decentralized. Municipalities are responsible for encouraging firms to create labor opportunities for vulnerable groups. Municipalities adopt different means and instruments to do so, consequently there exist a variety of municipal policies. Currently, there is no readily available CBS data on the ‘inclusiveness’ of firms among municipalities, which makes it hard to assess the effectiveness of municipal policies and derive best practices.

This study aims to investigate which factors underlying differences in municipal inclusive policies explain differences in inclusion rates of vulnerable groups among firms. It aims to examine inclusive behavior of firms among all 380 municipalities in the Netherlands between 2014 and 2019. It will use a variety of methods including machine learning. This project intends to show how content of policies come about and effect inclusiveness.

Conducting research with CBS microdata

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) collects a wide range of data for its statistical tasks, many of them microdata at the level of individual persons or organisations. Protection of the confidentiality of the data has the highest priority for CBS. Within strict safety conditions however, universities and other authorized research institutes can get Remote Access to such data to perform statistical analyses for their own scientific or statistical purposes. The microdata themselves remain strictly within a secure environment within CBS. Under applicable conditions researcher can also bring in additional dataset to be linked with CBS microdata. Before aggregate statistical results are exported from the secured environment, CBS will check whether these results do not contain any risk for disclosure of information on individual persons or organisations.

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