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Lockerung des Kündigungsschutzes: Ein Weg zu mehr Beschäftigung?

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  • Bonin, Holger

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    Die Lockerung des Kündigungsschutzes ist ein wesentliches Element der im Januar 2004 in Deutschland in Kraft gesetzten Arbeitsmarktreformen. Dieser Beitrag diskutiert die hiervon zu erwartenden Beschäftigungseffekte. Auf Grundlage vorliegender theoretischer und empirischer Erkenntnisse wird argumentiert, dass die Neuregelung nur geringfügig zum Abbau der vorherrschenden strukturellen Arbeitslosigkeit beitragen dürfte. Für einen spürbaren Erfolg fehlen konsequentere Reformen des ausreichende Lohnflexibilität und Lohndifferenzierung verhindernden sozialen Sicherungssystems. Deregulation of German Dismissal Protection Legislation: A Road to More Employment? A key feature of the recent labor market reforms in Germany is liberalization of dismissal protection legislation. The paper discusses the potential labor market effects of this amendment. On the basis of the available theoretical and empirical evidence, it is argued that deregulation in this area probably will not substantially reduce the country’s predominantly structural unemployment. A promising strategy would require forceful reform of social welfare institutions prohibiting sufficient wage flexibility and wage differentiation.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1106.

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    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: Apr 2004
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    Publication status: published in: R. Zwengel (ed.), Gesellschaftliche Perspektiven: Jahrbuch der Hessischen Gesellschaft für Demokratie und Ökologie, 2004, 5, 55-71
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    Keywords: dismissal protection legislation; labor market flexibility; structural unemployment; workfare; Germany;

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    1. Frank Scharr, 2005. "Tarifbindung, Rententeilung und Konzessionsverträge als Einflussgrößen der Lohnhöhe in Unternehmen : eine Untersuchung mit Mikrodaten für thüringische Firmen," ifo Dresden Studien, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 39, October.

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