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Crisis, What Crisis? Patterns of Adaptation in European Labor Markets

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  • Eichhorst, Werner

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Feil, Michael

    ()
    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

  • Marx, Paul

    ()
    (University of Southern Denmark)

Abstract

The current crisis, while of a global nature, has affected national labor markets to a varying extent. While some countries have experienced a steep increase in unemployment, employment in other developed economies has not fallen in parallel with a significant decline in GDP. Our analysis shows that labor market institutions frequently used to study employment performance can explain the development of unemployment in the situation of crisis in some clusters of countries much better than in others. One major factor to be incorporated in capturing national variations is the role of internal flexibility, in particular working time adjustment. This calls for a broader concept of labor market flexibility which takes into account different channels of adjustment.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5045.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2010
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Publication status: published in: Applied Economics Quarterly Supplement, 2010, 56 (61), 29-64
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5045

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Keywords: employment protection; labor market institutions; internal flexibility; economic crisis;

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  1. Olivier Bargain & Herwig Immervoll & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2011. "Distributional Consequences of Labor-demand Shocks: The 2008-09 Recession in Germany," CESifo Working Paper Series 3403, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Enrico Marelli & Marcello Signorelli & Joanna Tyrowicz, 2012. "Crises and Joint Employment–Productivity Dynamics: A Comparative Perspective for European Countries," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 54(2), pages 361-394, June.
  3. Eichhorst, Werner, 2012. "The Unexpected Appearance of a New German Model," IZA Discussion Papers 6625, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Etienne Lehmann & Claudio Lucifora & Simone Moriconi & Bruno Van Der Linden, 2013. "Beyond the Labour Income Tax Wedge: The Unemployment-Reducing Effect of Tax Progressivity," TEPP Working Paper 2013-05, TEPP.
  5. Bargain, O. & Herwig Immervoll & Andreas Peichl & Siegloch, S., 2010. "GINI DP 1: Distributional Consequences of Labor-Demand Adjustments to a Downturn. A Model-Based Approach with Application to Germany 2008-09," GINI Discussion Papers 1, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
  6. Simon Sturn, 2011. "Labour market regimes and unemployment in OECD countries," IMK Working Paper 6-2011, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
  7. Simon STURN, 2013. "Are corporatist labour markets different? Labour market regimes and unemployment in OECD countries," International Labour Review, International Labour Organization, vol. 152(2), pages 237-254, 06.
  8. Olivier Bargain & Herwig Immervoll & Andreas Peichl & Sebastian Siegloch, 2012. "Distributional consequences of labor-demand shocks: the 2008–2009 recession in Germany," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 19(1), pages 118-138, February.
  9. Josef C Brada & Marcello Signorelli, 2012. "Comparing Labor Market Performance: Some Stylized Facts and Key Findings," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 54(2), pages 231-250, June.

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