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|dc.contributor.author||Tangian, Andranik S.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||The notion of flexicurity was introduced in the late 1990s. It promotes the idea of compensation of deregulation of labour markets (= flexibilization) by advantages in employment andsocial security, in particularly for flexibly employed (other than permanent full-time, calledalso atypically employed). This paper suggests an operational definition of flexicurity, taking into account different views of liberals and trade unions. The corresponding flexicurityindices are derived from (a) data on the dynamics of employment types, (b) scores of thestrictness of employment protection legislation provided by the OECD, and (c) qualitativejuridical data on social security.To convert the latter into numbers, eight employment types (permanent full-time, fixed-term part-time, etc.) in 16 European countries are ranked with respect to their eligibility tofive social security benefits (unemployment insurance, public pensions, etc). To avoid knownshortages of ranking, the Method of Total Ranks is proposed. The ranks replace continuousvariables as index entries, and a dedicated model estimates the total index error which resultsfrom such an `ordinal rounding' of the index input.The flexicurity indices are calculated for 16 European countries for the years 1994-2003. Contrary to theoretical opinions, the current deregulation of European labour markets is not compensated by improvements in the social security. If the flexicurity advantages/disadvantages are accounted proportionally to the size of affected groups then thefactual trends are negative even from the viewpoint of liberals, to say nothing of tradeunions. The reciprocity of the advantages/disadvantages turns out to be illusory, becausegains are smaller than losses and winners are fewer than losers. Thereby the study warnsagainst promoting flexicurity policies with no operational control and empirical feedback.||en_US|
|dc.subject.keyword||employment protection legislation||en_US|
|dc.title||Liberal and trade-unionist concepts of flexicurity: Modelling in application to 16 European countries||en_US|
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