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Short-Time Work: The German Answer to the Great Recession

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  • Brenke, Karl

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    (DIW Berlin)

  • Rinne, Ulf

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    (IZA)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

    ()
    (IZA and University of Bonn)

Abstract

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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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5780.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5780

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Keywords: economic crisis; labor market policy; short-time work compensation; partially unemployed workers;

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  1. Werner Eichhorst & Paul Marx, 2009. "Kurzarbeit — Sinnvoller Konjunkturpuffer oder verlängertes Arbeitslosengeld?," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer, vol. 89(5), pages 322-328, May.
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  1. 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).
  2. Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2013. "Labor Market Reforms and the Great Recession," IZA Policy Papers 75, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. 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).
  4. Almut Balleer & Britta Gehrke & Wolfgang Lechthaler & Christian Merkl, 2013. "Does Short-Time Work Save Jobs? A Business Cycle Analysis," Kiel Working Papers 1832, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  5. Zsolt Darvas & Jean Pisani-Ferry, 2011. "Europe's growth emergency," Policy Contributions 623, Bruegel.
  6. Brown, Alessio J. G. & Koettl, Johannes, 2012. "Active Labor Market Programs: Employment Gain or Fiscal Drain?," IZA Discussion Papers 6880, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Grund, Christian & Walter, Tanja, 2013. "Management Compensation and the Economic Crisis: Longitudinal Evidence from the German Chemical Sector," IZA Discussion Papers 7435, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Corbanese, Valli, 2011. "Supporting strategies to recover from the crisis in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia cross-country report," ILO Working Papers 467146, International Labour Organization.
  9. 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).
  10. Alexander Herzog-Stein & Fabian Lindner & Simon Sturn, 2013. "Explaining the German Employment Miracle in the Great Recession – The Crucial Role of Temporary Working Time Reductions," IMK Working Paper 114-2013, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.

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