Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101941
Authors: 
Krause, Annabelle
Rinne, Ulf
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8383
Abstract: 
A Single European Labor Market, particularly involving the free movement of workers within Europe, has been a goal of the European community since the 1950s. Whereas it may entail opportunities and drawbacks alike, the benefits – such as greater economic welfare for most citizens – are supposed to outweigh the losses. However, over fifty years after the aim was first established, a Single European Labor Market has not yet been achieved. This paper gives an overview of current European macroeconomic trends, with a particular focus on the Great Recession, and also explores the drivers of and obstacles to labor mobility. Complementarily, it analyzes the results of a unique opinion survey among labor market experts, as well as formulates policy recommendations to enhance mobility. The development of a Single European Labor Market is also discussed in relation to the German model.
Subjects: 
European labor market integration
worker mobility
economic crisis
economic migration
German model
JEL: 
J40
J61
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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