Instruments and Incentives for Promoting Lifelong Learning

DG Employment & Social Affairs has asked EIM and SEOR to perform an international comparative study. The objective of this study is to obtain a better understanding of which instruments and incentives work in practice, and what conditions need to be in place in order to increase the likelihood that these instruments and incentives are successful.

The project investigates the following three particular areas:

  • there is no clear picture emerging from the various comparable data sources of the extent of current investment across Europe
  • too little is known about which instruments and incentives (aimed to stimulate individuals and employers to increase their training efforts) work effectively in practice
  • there is no clear picture on the medium to long-term impact of these policies and measures on individuals, organisations and society.

The study covers 15 EU member states and the insights obtained from this study will be used to publish a compendium of good practices. The compendium will provide practical details on the role of public policies and on how to provide appropriate incentives to employers and employees. The purpose of the current project is to provide information on which this compendium will be based.

Project team

Lorenz Lassnigg


01–01.2005 (finished)


European Commission


EIM Business & Policy Research and SEOR at Erasmus University Rotterdam