Labour Markets in Transition
Edited by Ruud Muffels
Chapter 6: Male Labour Market Mobility and Income and Employment Security in Europe
6. Male Labour Market Mobility and Income and Employment Security in Europe Ruud Muffels and Ruud Luijkx 6.1 INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The aim of this chapter is to examine the empirical relationship between flexibility, indicated by the extent of male labour market mobility, and income and employment security in 14 EU countries.1 In the framework of the European policy debate on this relationship, the notion of ‘flexicurity’ has gained momentum and departs from the idea that policies might be shaped so as to create a mutually supporting relationship or a synergy between flexibility and employment security (EC, 2007a). In the introductory chapter of this book the contours were already sketched of the current debate and analysis in academic as well as policy circles in Europe on this ‘flexicurity’ issue. The notion of flexicurity also fits nicely to the normative dimension of the Transitional Labour Market approach promoting a shift from classical ‘make work pay’ policies to ‘make transitions pay’ policies (Schmid, 2002, 2006). The aim of such ‘activating labour market policies’ is to promote employment security (but not necessarily with the same employer) instead of job security (see De Gier and Van den Berg, 2005). In this empirical chapter we focus again on this relationship and build forth on previous studies (see Muffels and Luijkx, 2005, 2006, 2008). We now extend the analyses and broaden our definition of security. With respect to the latter we add the dimension of income security instead of focusing on employment security...
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