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Title:An economic analysis of dismissal legislation: Determinants of severance pay in West Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Goerke, Laszlo
Pannenberg, Markus
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // CeGE 87
Abstract:Severance pay is a vital part of employment protection legislation (EPL). We investigate the incidence and level of severance pay for dismissed employees. Our theoretical model predicts that not only the law and its interpretation by labour courts but also the costs of a suit have an impact. Using West German panel data for 1991-2006, we find that the employees' costs resulting from a suit and the legal determinants of such transfers affect the incidence of severance payments. In contrast, their level only varies with legal regulations. Our results imply that the strictness of EPL in Germany varies with extra-legal factors like employees' financial constraints.
Subjects:employment protection legislation
labour law
severance pay
survey data
JEL:J65
K31
C23
C24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:cege-Diskussionspapiere, Universität Göttingen

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