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Germany: A Regulated Flexibility

Susanne Fuchs and Ronald Schettkat

in Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240524
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240523.003.0009
 Germany: A Regulated Flexibility

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This chapter examines labour market regulation in Germany. It argues that there is no clear evidence to support claims that labour laws reduced the flexibility of the labour market. Although deregulation did not yield positive employment effects, neither did it have the destructive effects claimed by opponents. The relaxation of requirements for fixed-term contracts neither boosted employment nor destroyed social cohesion.

Keywords: Germany; labour market regulation; deregulation; unemployment

Chapter.  12527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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