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Beyond Eurosclerosis

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  • Tito Boeri
  • Pietro Garibaldi

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"Europe no longer suffers from Eurosclerosis; unemployment, notably long-term unemployment, had decreased substantially for more than a decade. Mobility across labour market states increased in those countries where unemployment has been falling the most. Institutional reforms -- such as declining employment protection for new entrants in the labour market and less generous unemployment benefits -- account for this increase in mobility. Focusing on these reforms, we rationalize why EU workers, including those with permanent contracts, are increasingly unhappy about labour market conditions in spite of the disappearance of mass unemployment in Europe. Due to these perceptions, policy reversals cannot be ruled out. Governments wishing to minimize the risk of going back to Eurosclerosis should move towards flexicurity configurations, compensating workers for higher risks of job loss, and introduce tenure tracks to the labour market, preventing the development of dual labour market structures. This would avoid dissipating the employment gains of the last decade during this recession." Copyright (c) CEPR, CES, MSH, 2009.

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Article provided by CEPR & CES & MSH in its journal Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 24 (2009)
Issue (Month): (07)
Pages: 409-461

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecpoli:v:24:y:2009:i::p:409-461

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Cited by:
  1. Bruno Contini, 2009. "Youth Employment in Europe: Institutions and Social Capital Explain Better than Mainstream Economics," LABORatorio R. Revelli Working Papers Series 97, LABORatorio R. Revelli, Centre for Employment Studies.
  2. Amable, Bruno & Guillaud, Elvire & Palombarini, Stefano, 2012. "L’économie politique du néolibéralisme – Le cas de la France et de l’Italie," Opuscules du CEPREMAP, CEPREMAP, number 26, May.
  3. Enrico Marelli & Marcello Signorelli, 2010. "Employment, productivity and models of growth in the EU," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 31(7), pages 732-754, November.
  4. Martin, John P. & Scarpetta, Stefano, 2011. "Setting It Right: Employment Protection, Labour Reallocation and Productivity," IZA Policy Papers 27, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Decreuse, Bruno & van Ypersele, Tanguy, 2010. "Housing market regulation and the social demand for job protection," CEPR Discussion Papers 7845, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  6. Enrico Marelli & Francesco Pastore, 2010. "Labour, productivity and growth: an introductory essay," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 31(7), pages 701-712, November.
  7. Rainer Eppel & Thomas Leoni, 2011. "New Social Risks Affecting Children. A Survey of Risk Determinants and Child Outcomes in the EU," WIFO Working Papers 386, WIFO.
  8. Jahn, Elke J. & Rosholm, Michael, 2014. "Looking beyond the bridge: The effect of temporary agency employment on labor market outcomes," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 65(C), pages 108-125.
  9. Alfonso ARPAIA & Nicola CURCI, . "EU labour market behaviour during the Great Recession," Working Papers wp2010-6, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance.
  10. Luca Nunziata, 2008. "European Employment and the Flexicurity Option," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 6(4), pages 21-28, December.

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