Responses to Labor Market Divides in Small States Since The 1990s

Herbert Obinger, Peter Starke and Alexandra Kaasch

in The Age of Dualization

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199797899
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933488 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Responses to Labor Market Divides in Small States Since The 1990s

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In this chapter, Herbert Obinger, Peter Starke, and Alexandra Kaasch analyze various policy responses to labor market divides in three small open economies (Austria, New Zealand, and Sweden). They argue that different welfare state regimes generate distinctive patterns of insider-outsider divides and that the three countries developed quite different, albeit mainly path-dependent coping strategies. In other words, none of the three countries significantly departed from previous labor market policies in response to growing labor market inequalities.

Keywords: welfare states; welfare reforms; small countries; active labor market policies; pension reforms; austria; new zealand; sweden

Chapter.  10710 words. 

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