Labour reform and labour mobility within cities: have the Hartz reforms succeeded?

Bill, Anthea, Mitchell, Bill, and Welters, Riccardo (2007) Labour reform and labour mobility within cities: have the Hartz reforms succeeded? In: Proceedings of the 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 14th National Conference on Unemployment . From: The 9th Path to Full Employment Conference and the 14th National Conference on Unemployment , 6-7 December 2007, Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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This paper analyses the impact of the Hartz reforms in Germany on the labour market position of workers in the secondary segment of the labour market in metropolitan areas. The reforms intend to create small jobs (mini / midi jobs) to build a bridge between unemployment and regular employment, which should assist the unemployed into employment. However, that bridge could also erode the position of currently employed workers, whose jobs transform into mini jobs. We use the German SOEP data to determine whether the latter effect indeed occurs, but do not find conclusive evidence that indicates that blue collar workers have lost job security following the introduction of the Hartz reforms. Though the Hartz reforms seem to have increased turbulence in the labour market, it is too early to conclude that the reforms have led to displacement or job loss in the secondary segment of the labour market.

Item ID: 8337
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 23:34
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140211 Labour Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9101 Macroeconomics > 910107 Macro Labour Market Issues @ 100%
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