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Labour market developments in Germany : tales of decency and stability

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  • Ruoff, Bea.

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Discusses the German reunification in the early 1990s, and the Hartz reforms in the early 2000s. Argues that these two shocks divide the German wage bargaining system into the old labour market system, which is characterised by a high degree of coordination through pattern bargaining, and the new dual labour market system, where pattern bargaining exists to some extent but is characterized by a marked increase in precarious work.

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  • Ruoff, Bea., 2016. "Labour market developments in Germany : tales of decency and stability," ILO Working Papers 994899913402676, International Labour Organization.
  • Handle: RePEc:ilo:ilowps:994899913402676
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    1. Hofmann, Claudia. & Schuster, Norbert., 2016. "It ain't over 'til it's over : the right to strike and the mandate of the ILO Committee of Experts revisited," ILO Working Papers 994902973402676, International Labour Organization.

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