Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/30487
Authors: 
Cockx, Bart Leo Wim
van der Linden, Bruno
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper 2655
Abstract: 
The current unemployment insurance and employment protection legislation were set up in an environment in which relationships between workers and firms were typically long-lasting and stable. The increasing globalisation of the economy and the rapid technological and organisational changes require more flexibility leading to career paths which are much more volatile both within and between firms. Current institutions must be therefore urgently reformed to reconcile this new need of more flexibility with that of security for workers. Rather than proposing a reform on the basis of existing institutions abroad, we propose a reform that is explicitly guided by economic principles.
Subjects: 
flexicurity
employment protection
unemployment insurance
active labour market policies
optimal design
JEL: 
H11
H21
H23
J65
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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