International Labour Review

This global multidisciplinary journal covers labour, social policies and relationships. It also covers fields, such as employment and labour markets, training and skills development, social security and social protection, labour law and labour institutions.


Vol. 152, No. 2, June

Special Issue European Labour Markets in Economic Crisis
Contents167 Introduction: European labour markets in economic crisisRaymond TORRESSince the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, a further 8 million Europeans have become unemployed. And prolonged recession entails other risks examined here, in terms...
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Introduction: European Labour Markets in Economic Crisis
Abstract.Since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, a further 8 million Europeans have become unemployed. And prolonged recession entails other risks examined here, in terms of labour market exclusion, the economic costs of long-term unemployment,...
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The Impact of the Economic Crisis on EU Labour Markets: A Comparative Perspective
Abstract.Using a "crisis management index" to rank the combined GDP and labour market performances of the EU's 27 Member States, the author considers why some countries performed better than others in managing the economic crisis over the period 2007-11....
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Productivity, Deunionization and Trade: Wage Effects and Labour Share Implications
Abstract.Taking the standard macroeconomic assumption of a one-to-one relationship between wages and productivity as given, empirical studies have extensively focused on the wage and employment effects of "unfriendly" labour market institutions. Here,...
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How Do the Eurozone's Beveridge and Phillips Curves Perform in the Face of Global Economic Crisis?
Abstract.In the light of criticism of the failure of "mainstream" economics to predict and avert the global financial and economic crisis, the authors use panel data on 11 Eurozone countries for the period 2007-10 to investigate how two of the "traditional"...
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Are Corporatist Labour Markets Different? Labour Market Regimes and Unemployment in OECD Countries
Abstract.Empirical studies on the unemployment effects of labour market institutions show contradictory results. One explanation is that these institutions affect unemployment differently depending on the regime in which they operate. Because of good...
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The Meta-Regulation of European Industrial Relations: Power Shifts, Institutional Dynamics and the Emergence of Regulatory Competition
Abstract."Meta-regulation" describes the transnational governance of industrial relations emerging from attempts to resolve conflicts between national collective agreements and EU Member States' freedom to provide services and post workers abroad. The...
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The Temporary and Permanent Effects of Unemployment on Mortality in Europe
Abstract.Recent research on the relationship between unemployment and mortality is inconsistent. The statistical methodology used in this study decomposes the effect of unemployment on mortality into temporary and permanent effects and estimates the...
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Short-Time Work: The German Answer to the Great Recession
Abstract.At the height of the economic crisis in mid-2009, the number of Germany's short-time workers peaked at 1.5 million. Unemployment would otherwise have increased by approximately twice as much as it did. But while short-time work certainly helped...
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Employment and Wages in Germany since the 2004 Deregulation of the Temporary Agency Industry
Abstract.There has been a surge in temporary agency work in Germany since the 2004 deregulation of the temporary agency industry. Using empirical data, the author examines how this reform affected employment and wages. Controlling for compositional and...
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Active Labour Market Policies in Spain: A Macroeconomic Evaluation
Abstract.Using aggregate panel data on Spain's 17 regions for the period 1987-2010, the authors present a macroeconomic assessment of a variety of active labour market policies, including employment subsidies for permanent contracts, job-creation schemes...
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Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Ideas, Policies and Challenges
Towards a social investment welfare state? Ideas, policies and challenges. Edited by Nathalie MOREL, Bruno PALIER and Joakim PALME. Bristol, Policy Press, 2012. xiv + 386 pp. ISBN 978-1-84742-924-7.Europe's dubious recovery from the global recession...
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Vol. 152, No. 1, March

The Imprudence of Labour Market Flexibilization in a Fiscally Austere World
Abstract.This article assesses the effects of combining fiscal austerity with policies aimed at reducing labour costs and, in doing so, sheds new light on current policy debates. Taking a global perspective, the authors explore the aggregation problem...
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Measuring Labour Absorption Problems in Developing Countries: Limitations of the Concept of Unemployment
Abstract.The "standard" unemployment rate is often criticized for omitting large numbers of people who are classified as employed or as not economically inactive, when in fact their situation amounts to unemployment. The author discusses the limitations...
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Who Will Give Effect to the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006?
Abstract.The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, which takes effect on 20 August 2013, consolidates dozens of ILO standards adopted since the 1920s. It has been described as the "fourth pillar" of the international maritime regulatory regime, alongside...
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Sex Segregation in India's Formal Manufacturing Sector
Abstract.Using an index of dissimilarity based on data from the Annual Survey of Industries for 1989/90 and 2000/01, the authors find that sex segregation across India's so-called factory sector decreased over this period. Most of the apparent improvement,...
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Labour Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements: Current Practice and Outlook
Abstract.While the WTO and Doha Development Round do not deal with labour issues - they leave this to the ILO - the main countries that conclude free trade agreements incorporate labour provisions, which vary in terms of stringency. Sanctions are rarely...
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Economic Growth and Inequality in Singapore: The Case for a Minimum Wage
Abstract.In the context of Singapore's ageing population, the employment of large numbers of low-skilled foreign workers is proving to be a major challenge to inclusive growth because of the stagnation of low-wage workers' incomes. In order to address...
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Statutory Leave Entitlements across Developed Countries: Why US Workers Lose out on Work-Family Balance
Abstract.Using a composite index of legal provisions for annual and family leave in western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea, the authors rank legislative support for this aspect of work-family balance. The...
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Coping with the Unemployment Crisis in Europe
Abstract.Since the 1970s, Europe has been plagued by a chronic unemployment crisis, which has escalated with the current Great Recession. The author discusses a number of relevant elements in this regard, including the extent to which social dialogue...
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A Right to Care? Unpaid Care Work in European Employment law/Gender, Law and Justice in a Global Market
A right to care? Unpaid care work in European employment law. By Nicole BUSBY. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 20 11. vii + 201 pp. Index. ISBN 978-0-19-957902-0.Gender, law and justice in a global market. By Ann STEWART. Cambridge, Cambridge University...
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Vol. 151, No. 4, December

Introduction: Crisis, Policy Responses and Widening Inequalities in the EU
Abstract. Introducing the contributions to this special issue of the International Labour Review, this article reviews the broad phases of the economic crisis in the EU since 2008 and highlights the critical role of social policy in mitigating its initial...
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Earnings and Income Inequality in the EU during the Crisis
Abstract. The author examines the impact of the economic crisis on employment, earnings, inequality and poverty in the EU, focusing on Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom during the period 2008-10. After reviewing the literature,...
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Financing Social Security in the EU: Business as Usual?
Abstract. This article assesses how well welfare models with different financing mechanisms cope with a major financial crisis, it focuses on five EU countries, which represent different welfare models. It also analyses how the crisis and the associated...
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The Crisis and Social Policy: The Role of Collective Agreements
Abstract. Based on an analysis of collective agreements concluded across the EU in 2008-11, the authors examine their contributions to social policy through provisions for short-time work, training, wage moderation, and flexibilization of wage setting...
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Tracing the Fate of EU "Social Policy": Changes in Political Discourse from the "Lisbon Strategy" to "Europe 2020"
Abstract. Analysing selected European Commission and Council documents, this article identifies the changes and enduring features of the EU social policy discourse and investigates their potential determinants. It divides this discourse into three periods:...
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