Among the latest Italian active labour market policies, much attention has been paid to the assegno individuale di ricollocazione, based on a quasi-market mechanism in employment services. This tool presents several aspects of the Lombard model, characterized by the program Dote Unica Lavoro (DUL). The authors evaluated this system to test governance mechanisms and the ability to mitigate the risks for opportunistic behavior from private agents. Findings show that the DUL program, despite its significant degree of effectiveness, cannot sufficiently reduce the opportunistic behavior among the operators. The incentives of the system tend to place the most disadvantaged jobseekers on less stable jobs, because of the duration required to obtain the refunding of employment services.
Keywords: Active Labour Market Policies; Employment Services; Jobs Act; Quasi-Market; Unemployment; Principal-Agent Theory.