Employment Protection Legislation

Employment Protection Legislation

Evolution, Effects, Winners and Losers

Per Skedinger

Employment protection legislation is one of the most controversial issues in the labour market. In this insightful book, Per Skedinger provides an overview of the design, evolution and research on the effects of employment protection legislation around the world.

Preface

Per Skedinger

Subjects: economics and finance, labour economics

Extract

Why write a research overview dealing with employment protection and its effects? My reasons are twofold. First, the number of studies on the effects of employment protection has grown considerably during the past few years and no comprehensive, up-to-date survey of the research literature has been available in English. Out of the more than one hundred studies surveyed in this book, half date from the period 2006–09. Secondly, labor markets have changed in ways that make questions of employment protection more pressing than before. Increased globalization and rapid technological innovation place demands on the ability to adapt for both businesses and employees, while permanent high unemployment in many European countries has made it difficult for vulnerable groups to attain a foothold in the labor market. The challenges of the current and worldwide recession have brought issues relating to employment protection to the forefront on the policymaking agenda and they are likely to remain there for years to come. A Swedish edition of this book was published in 2008 by SNS Förlag, as Effekter av anställningsskydd: Vad säger forskningen? The English version has xiii PSkedinger_FM_Finals.indd xiii 1/27/2010 4:01:26 PM xiv Employment protection legislation been updated with the most recent information on the stringency of employment protection across countries and includes several new studies on its effects. Writing this book, I have accumulated debts to many people. Magnus Henrekson provided continuous encouragement and support during the several stages of the evolution of the...