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Irreversibility of time, reversibility of choices? The Life-Course foundations of the Transitional Labour Markets approach

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  • Anxo, Dominique

    () (Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO))

  • Erhel, Christine

    () (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne et CNRS, Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi, France)

Abstract

The article analyses the potential links between the life course approach and the Transitional Labour Market (TLM) perspective. It provides some empirical evidence of the role played by age and gender in individuals' situation on the labour market, as well as of the heterogeneity in course patterns in Europe, using available data about employment rates, but also transitions matrices. It develops the theoretical foundations of the life course approach, and shows how it can be articulated with the TLM framework. First, the life course approach provides some insights concerning the determinants of transitions, and their differentiation by age and gender. Second, it offers a conceptualization of time and irreversibility which helps understanding path dependency at both individual level, and underlines the importance of favouring the reversibility of choices through global policy reforms.

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  • Anxo, Dominique & Erhel, Christine, 2006. "Irreversibility of time, reversibility of choices? The Life-Course foundations of the Transitional Labour Markets approach," CAFO Working Papers 2006:7, Linnaeus University, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:vxcafo:2006_007
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    1. Peter Auer & Bernard Gazier, 2008. "Flexicurity as a Policy Agenda," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00635042, HAL.
    2. repec:hal:journl:hal-00393322 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Bernard Gazier & Jérôme Gautié, 2009. "Transitional Labour Markets, from theory to policy application. The "Transitional Labour Markets" Approach: Theory, History and Future Research Agenda," Documents de travail du Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne 09001, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1), Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne.
    4. Peter Auer & Bernard Gazier, 2008. "Flexicurity as a Policy Agenda," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 6(4), pages 3-8, December.
    5. repec:ces:ifodic:v:6:y:2008:i:4:p:14567219 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Labour market; transitional labour markets; life course; age; gender;

    JEL classification:

    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure

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