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Brenke, Karl
Rinne, Ulf
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
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Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5780
Short-time work was the German answer to the economic crisis. The number of short-time workers strongly increased in the recession and peaked at more than 1.5 million. Without the extensive use of short-time work, unemployment would have risen by approximately twice as much as it actually did. Short-time work has certainly contributed to the mild response of the German labor market to the crisis, but this is likely due to the country-specific context. Although the crisis has been overcome and employment is strongly expanding, modified regulations governing short-time work are still in place. This leads to undesired side effects.
labor market policy
partially unemployed workers
short-time work compensation
economic crisis
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