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Can the Danish model of “flexicurity” be a matrix for the reform of European labour markets?

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  • Dany LANG (LEREPS-GRES)

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During the last years, there has been a growing interest for the Danish “flexicurity” system all over Europe. Following the European Commission, the subtle combination of flexibility and security chosen by the Danes would even be a matrix of inspiration for the reform of the European labour markets. This paper analyses the core elements of the Danish “model” to determine whether these views are relevant. The flexible labour market, the generous welfare system, and the active labour market policy are examined. We focus on the 1993 labour market reform, which is supposed to have triggered the remarkable decrease of unemployment that took place in Denmark since 1994.

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  • Dany LANG (LEREPS-GRES), 2006. "Can the Danish model of “flexicurity” be a matrix for the reform of European labour markets?," Cahiers du GRES (2002-2009) 2006-18, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
  • Handle: RePEc:grs:wpegrs:2006-18
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    1. Dany Lang & Jespersen Jesper, 2006. "The Danish (un)employment ‘miracle’: aggregate demand, profitability and labour market policies," Post-Print hal-01366022, HAL.
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    1. Maciej Bukowski & Grzegorz Koloch & Piotr Lewandowski & Anna Baranowska & Iga Magda & Arkadiusz Szydlowski & Jacek Bielinski & Magdalena Bober & Malgorzata Sarzalska & Julian Zawistowski, 2008. "Employment in Poland 2007. Security on a Flexible Labour Market," Books and Reports published by IBS, Instytut Badan Strukturalnych, number zwp2007 edited by Maciej Bukowski.

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    Keywords

    Flexicurity; unemployment; labour market;

    JEL classification:

    • J40 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - General
    • J48 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Particular Labor Markets; Public Policy
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J80 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - General

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