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Labour Market Effects Of Flexicurity From A Regional Perspective

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  • AYOLT J. DE GROOT
  • J. PAUL ELHORST

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One of the main questions for politicians is how to introduce more flexibility in the labour market while still providing employees with ample social security. The concept of flexicurity has sprung to attention through its success in Denmark. This paper explores whether the Danish model can also be successful in other European countries. A simultaneous equations model is constructed and estimated using regional data, which is an extension of the Blanchard-Katz model developed in 1992. It is found that a European country such as the Netherlands can permanently lower its unemployment rate and increase its participation and employment growth rates at the regional level, by 1.47, 2.08 and 1.05 percentage points respectively, if it copies the Danish model. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG.

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  • Ayolt J. De Groot & J. Paul Elhorst, 2010. "Labour Market Effects Of Flexicurity From A Regional Perspective," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 101(4), pages 392-408, September.
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    1. J. Elhorst, 2012. "Dynamic spatial panels: models, methods, and inferences," Journal of Geographical Systems, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 5-28, January.
    2. Primož Dolenc & Suzana Laporšek, 2013. "Flexicurity Policies and their Association with Productivity in the European Union," Prague Economic Papers, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2013(2), pages 224-239.
    3. Massimiliano Agovino & Agnese Rapposelli, 2016. "Does flexicurity promote the employment of disabled people? A panel analysis for Italian regional data," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(5), pages 2085-2105, September.

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