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Kombilöhne und Mindestlöhne als Instrumente der Beschäftigungspolitik – Erfahrungen und Handlungsoptionen


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  • Eichhorst, Werner



Das Papier vergleicht die Wirkung unterschiedlicher Kombinationen von Mindest- und Kombilöhnen auf die Beschäftigung von Geringqualifizierten und Langzeitarbeitslosen in ausgewählten Ländern. Bezogen auf die gegenwärtige Diskussion in Deutschland plädiert es für Zurückhaltung bei der Festlegung zusätzlicher Mindestlohnbestimmungen und gegen eine Ausweitung von Kombilöhnen bei gegebenem Sicherungsniveau. Besser wäre eine konsequente Aktivierung nach der Grundkonzeption von Hartz IV. The paper reviews national and international experiences with different combinations of in-work benefits, subsidized employment, statutory minimum wages and implicit minimum wages defined by social assistance provisions. It calls for a cautious approach regarding the introduction of additional minimum wages in Germany and more generous in-work benefits combined with an unchanged level of social assistance.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2120.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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Publication status: published in: Lothar Funk (ed.), Anwendungsorientierte Marktwirtschaftslehre und Neue Politische Ökonomie, Marburg: Metropolis, 2008
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2120

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Keywords: Germany; subsidized employment; in-work benefits; minimum wages;

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  1. Krug, Gerhard & Dietz, Martin & Ullrich, Britta, 2008. "The impact of firm characteristics on the success of employment subsidies : a decomposition analysis of treatment effects," IAB Discussion Paper 200818, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].


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