Corresponding author: Regina T. Riphahn, Economics Department, Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg, Lange Gasse, 20, 90403 Nuremberg, Germany. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feature: Flexible Forms of Employment: Boon and Bane*
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
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The Economic Journal
Volume 122, Issue 562, pages F115–F124, August 2012
How to Cite
Jahn, E. J., Riphahn, R. T. and Schnabel, C. (2012), Feature: Flexible Forms of Employment: Boon and Bane. The Economic Journal, 122: F115–F124. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02532.x
This Feature is a selection of contributions to the international workshop ‘Increasing Labour Market Flexibility – Boon or Bane?’ in Nuremberg, 18–19 March 2011, organised by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Labour and Socio-Economic Research Centre at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (LASER).
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
In recent decades, economic policy makers across Europe have sought to increase labour market flexibility by promoting the use of temporary employment. The articles in this Feature provide new results on how fixed-term and agency work contracts affect firm productivity and how the segments of two-tier labour markets interact. This article points to a possible trade-off between efficiency and equity when deregulating labour markets. Taken together, the evidence presented in this Feature suggests that flexible forms of employment can be both a boon and a bane for labour markets and for society as a whole.