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Increasing Labor Market Flexibility - Boon or Bane?

International Workshop - in cooperation with LASER

Date

March 18 - 19, 2011

Location

The workshop will be held at the Congress Centre of the Federal Enployment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), Regensburger Str. 104 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Abstract

Most economies have increased the flexibility of their national labor markets to facilitate adjustment to rapidly changing economic conditions. For firms this may imply opportunities for higher productivity and profitability, improved competitiveness, and a greater ability to respond to fluctuations of demand. Workers may also benefit if more flexible work arrangements improve work-life balance, increase their skills, raise their job satisfaction, or simplify access to the labor market. However, higher labor market flexibility may also come at some costs, e.g. by increased employment uncertainty for employees and lower incentives to invest in firm-specific human capital. It is an open question whether the gains from enhanced labor market flexibility outweigh the costs.

The workshop focuses on all effects of labor market flexibility, both with respect to labor supply at the individual and aggregate level as well as labor demand.

Scientific Committee

  • Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland
  • Lutz Bellmann, IAB and LASER
  • Juan J. Dolado, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
  • Elke J. Jahn, IAB and LASER
  • Regina Riphahn, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and LASER
  • Michael Rosholm, Aarhus University
  • Gerard van den Berg, University of Mannheim

Keynote speakers

  • Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland
  • Juan J. Dolado, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 
  • Susan N. Houseman, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Contact

Kerstin Ziegler (IAB)
Phone +49 911.179.6295

E-mail: flexibility@iab.de 

Additional information

Cooperation

Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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