Thursday, May 24, 2007

Is Flexicurity Importable?

If "flexicurity" is indeed to be the basis of the proposed single employment contract, there is good reason to ask whether a model that has worked well in Sweden and Denmark can be imported to France. Some differences are obvious: size of the economy (France much larger), openness to international trade (smaller for France), mix of job types in the economy, relative importance of various sectors, tradition of solidarity, homogeneity of population (less for France), etc. There is a large literature exploring the effects of these and other factors. For one take, see:
New Economist: Denmark's flexicurity model: ready for export?

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