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Laziness or liberation? Labor market policies and workers' attitudes toward employment flexibility

Hipp, Lena and Anderson, Christopher J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3198-4172 (2015) Laziness or liberation? Labor market policies and workers' attitudes toward employment flexibility. International Journal of Social Welfare, 24 (4). 335 - 347. ISSN 1369-6866

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ijsw.12155


This study examined the relationship between labor market policies and employees' willingness to make concessions in order to avoid unemployment. In contrast to previous work that analyzed the behavior of employers and the unemployed, we examined how labor market policies influence employees' flexibility. Multilevel modeling techniques were applied to a data set that was created by combining individual-level data from the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) with country-level information from the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development. The main findings of our analyses were that dismissal protection and unemployment benefits do make a difference to employees' willingness to make concessions, and that the relationships between the willingness to make concessions and labor market policies are nonlinear. Substantively, these nonlinear relationships suggest that employees' willingness to be flexible is negatively associated with both "too much" and "too little" social protection.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors. International Journal of Social Welfare © 2015 International Journal of Social Welfare and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 16:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:51

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