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Short-time work: The German answer to the Great Recession

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  • Karl BRENKE
  • Ulf RINNE
  • Klaus F. ZIMMERMANN

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Short-time work was the "German answer" to the economic crisis. The number of short-time workers strongly increased in the recession and peaked at more than 1.5 million. Without the extensive use of short-time work, unemployment would have risen by approximately twice as much as it actually did. Short-time work has certainly contributed to the mild response of the German labor market to the crisis, but this is likely due to the country-specific context. Although the crisis has been overcome and employment is strongly expanding, modified regulations governing short-time work are still in place. This leads to undesired side effects.

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Article provided by International Labour Organization in its journal International Labour Review.

Volume (Year): 152 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 287-305

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Handle: RePEc:bla:intlab:v:152:y:2013:i:2:p:287-305

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  1. Rinne, Ulf & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2013. "Is Germany the North Star of Labor Market Policy?," IZA Discussion Papers 7260, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Zsolt Darvas & Jean Pisani-Ferry, 2011. "Europe’s Growth Emergency," Working Papers 1105, Department of Mathematical Economics and Economic Analysis, Corvinus University of Budapest.
  3. Mühlemann, Samuel & Pfeifer, Harald, 2013. "The Structure of Hiring Costs in Germany: Evidence from Firm-Level Data," IZA Discussion Papers 7656, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  5. Bargain, Olivier & Callan, Tim & Doorley, Karina & Keane, Claire, 2014. "Changes in Income Distributions and the Role of Tax-benefit Policy During the Great Recession: An International Perspective," Papers WP474, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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  10. Almut Balleer & Britta Gehrke & Wolfgang Lechthaler & Christian Merkl, 2014. "Does Short-Time Work Save Jobs? A Business Cycle Analysis," CESifo Working Paper Series 4640, CESifo Group Munich.
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  12. Carlos Gradin & Olga Canto & Coral del Rio, 2012. "Measuring employment deprivation among households in the EU," Working Papers 247, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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