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The political economy of flexicurity

Boeri, Tito, Conde-Ruiz, J. Ignacio and Galasso, Vincenzo (2012) The political economy of flexicurity. Journal of the European Economic Association, 10 (4). pp. 684-715. ISSN 1542-4766

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2012.01065.x


We document the presence of a trade-off in the labor market between the protection of jobs and the support offered to unemployed people. Different countries’ locations along this trade-off represent stable political-economic equilibria. We develop a model in which individuals determine the mix of job protection and support for the unemployed in a political environment. Agents are heterogeneous along two dimensions: employment status (insiders and outsiders) and skills (low and high). Unlike previous work on the political economy of labor market institutions, we emphasize the role of job protection and unemployment benefits in the wage-setting process. A key implication of the model is that flexicurity configurations with low levels of job protection and high levels of support to the unemployed should emerge in the presence of a highly educated workforce. Panel regressions of countries’ locations along this institutional trade-off are consistent with the implications of our model.

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Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 10:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:32

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