publication . Article . 2017

Flexible Labour, Flexible Production and Innovation-by-Agreement: International Comparisons Contesting the Lindbeck-Snower Insider-Outsider Thesis and 'Structural Reforms' in the European Union

Teresa Carla Oliveira; Stuart Holland;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2017 Journal: The European Journal of Comparative Economics (issn: 1824-2979, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Università Carlo Cattaneo LIUC
Abstract
This paper critiques the case for flexibilisation of labour markets. It evidences that influential claims for this in terms of an insider-outsider thesis by former Nobel economics committee member Assar Lindbeck and the British economist Dennis Snower were purely theoretical without offering any evidence, or recognising contrary evidence. It cites a recent admission by the IMF that there is no basis for claiming that protection of employee rights inhibits economic efficiency and cites also a questioning of structural reforms and an obsession with competitiveness by Benoît Cœuré, an Executive Director of the ECB. It illustrates that the achievement of some of the...
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free text keywords: Psychological and Social Contracts, Flexibility, Work-Life Balance, Continuous Improvement, HB71-74, Economics as a science, Innovation-by-Agreement
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publication . Article . 2017

Flexible Labour, Flexible Production and Innovation-by-Agreement: International Comparisons Contesting the Lindbeck-Snower Insider-Outsider Thesis and 'Structural Reforms' in the European Union

Teresa Carla Oliveira; Stuart Holland;