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dc.contributor.authorHemerijck, Antonen_US
dc.contributor.authorEichhorst, Werneren_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-29en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:53:13Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:53:13Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-20090330180en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35552-
dc.description.abstractThe paper challenges the widespread view that Bismarckian countries with a strong role of social insurance and labor market regulation are less successful than other employment regimes and hard to reforms. This has been true about a decade ago. But both the institutional set-up and the performance of Bismarckian countries have changed fundamentally over the last years. The paper summarizes major reform dynamics in Bismarckian welfare states which had adopted a strategy of labor shedding in the 1970s and 1980s to combat open unemployment. As this was associated with an increasing burden of non-wage labor costs, this triggered a sequence of more employment-oriented and more fundamental reforms that eventually helped overcome a low employment situation. The paper pursues the trajectory of reforms, shows the structural change in labor market performance and points out the achievements of past reforms, but also emphasizes the need for further action in terms of education and training, activation and employment opportunities for all working age people in these countries so that flexibility and security can be reconciled.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA discussion papers 4085en_US
dc.subject.jelJ26en_US
dc.subject.jelJ68en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordBismarckian welfare statesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial insuranceen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial policyen_US
dc.subject.keywordemploymenten_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor market policiesen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialstaaten_US
dc.subject.stwSozialreformen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarktpolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwReformen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarktflexibilisierungen_US
dc.subject.stwEuropaen_US
dc.titleWhatever happened to the Bismarckian welfare state? From labor shedding to employment-friendly reformsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn598776915en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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