Working Paper Series
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
Transparency of human resource policy
Abstract: The scope of public human resource policy is outlined.
Motivation for the need of transparency in this policy is provided in terms
of informational asymmetries, human capital externalities, and long
planning horizons. Transparency is defined both along a time dimension – ex
ante and ex post – and by a taxonomy due to Geraats (2014), referring to
different facets of decision-making, implementation, and outcomes:
political, economic, procedural, policy, and operational transparency. Five
aspects on human resource policy relevant for transparency are considered:
efficiency and equity, input utilization, learning outcomes, the
dimensioning of education, and benefits and costs. Finally, suggestions for
improved transparency are considered. These involve devoting resources to
research on the measurement of human capital externalities, facilitation of
ex ante benefit-cost analyses preceding human resource policy decisions,
and strengthening of political accountability through intermediate
follow-ups during policy implementation, combined with commitment of funds
to finance independent evaluations of the policy’s effects.
Keywords: Market failures; human capital externalities; long planning horizons; ex ante benefit-cost analyses; effect evaluations; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D61; D62; H11; H44; H83; I28; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, October 15, 2014
Before downloading any of the electronic versions below
you should read our statement on
for viewing Postscript files and the
Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing pdf files.
Full text versions of the paper:
- This paper is published as:
Mellander, Erik, (2014), 'Transparency of human resource policy' in Forssbæck, Jens and Lars Oxelheim (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Economic and Institutional Transparency, chapter 9, pages 198-218, Oxford University press, ISBN ISBN: 9780199917693.
Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to Monica Fällgren ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ()
or Helena Lundin ().
Design by Joachim Ekebom