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The Use of Flexible Measures to Cope with Economic Crises in Germany and Brazil

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  • Eichhorst, Werner

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Marx, Paul

    ()
    (University of Southern Denmark)

  • Pastore, José

    ()
    (University of Sao Paulo)

Abstract

This study gives a comparative overview of labor market dynamics and institutional arrangements in Germany and Brazil with particular emphasis on industrial relations, wage setting, unemployment benefits, employment protection and vocational training. The paper shows that institutions determine the mode of adjustment to changing economic conditions and the role of standard vs. non-standard contracts. Whereas internal flexibility via shorter working time was a dominant mode of adjustment during the 2008-09 crisis in the German manufacturing sector, in Brazil such plant-level flexibility to avoid dismissals was less prominent.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6137.

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Length: 66 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6137

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Keywords: working time; labor market flexibility; Germany; Brazil; dismissal protection;

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  1. Christian Dustmann & Johannes Ludsteck & Uta Schönberg, 2009. "Revisiting the German Wage Structure," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 124(2), pages 843-881, May.
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  1. Kümmerling, Angelika & Lehndorff, Steffen, 2013. "The use of working time-related crisis response measures during the Great Recession," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 484127, International Labour Organization.

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