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Title:The use of flexible measures to cope with economic crises in Germany and Brazil PDF Logo
Authors:Eichhorst, Werner
Marx, Paul
Pastore, José
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6137
Abstract:This study gives a comparative overview of labor market dynamics and institutional arrangements in Germany and Brazil with particular emphasis on industrial relations, wage setting, unemployment benefits, employment protection and vocational training. The paper shows that institutions determine the mode of adjustment to changing economic conditions and the role of standard vs. non-standard contracts. Whereas internal flexibility via shorter working time was a dominant mode of adjustment during the 2008-09 crisis in the German manufacturing sector, in Brazil such plant-level flexibility to avoid dismissals was less prominent.
Subjects:labor market flexibility
Germany
Brazil
working time
dismissal protection
JEL:J21
J42
J52
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201112136887
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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