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Danish for All? Balancing Flexibility with Security: The Flexicurity Model

Author/Editor: Zhou, Jian-Ping
Authorized for Distribution: February 1, 2007
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Summary: The Danish flexicurity model has attracted attention among policymakers in Europe, because it suggests that a flexible labor market can coexist with a generous welfare system to achieve low unemployment. Using a panel of 19 countries over 1960-2002, the paper identifies the elements of the flexicurity model that may have contributed to the low unemployment rate. A theoretical model of dynamic policies is constructed to analyze whether the model can be emulated by other countries. Focusing on the financing aspect, the paper finds that effective implementation will depend on the initial unemployment level and budgetary situation of the country.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 07/36
Subject(s): Labor market policy | Denmark | Unemployment | Social policy | Public finance | Economic models
Author's keyword(s): Labor market reform | unemployment | job and income security
 
English  
    Published:   February 1, 2007        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2007036   Pages:   23
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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