Employment Stability in an Age of Flexibility

Evidence from the Industrialized Countries

Peter Auer, Sandrine Cazes
Release Date: November 1, 2002

This book begins by examining the state of the stable employment relationship in the context of rapid globalization and technological change. Mass dismissals, high unemployment, and the rise of part-time and temporary jobs reveal that work in the new labor market is very different from that of the past.

However, the authors present convincing evidence that the long-term employment relationship is more resilient than is commonly thought. While offering a comparison of employment stability and flexibility in 16 OECD countries, the book provides a detailed analysis on the type of labor market regulations needed to ensure a balance of employment flexibility and security. In particular, it studies the linkages between employment protection and labor market policies in Denmark, France, Japan, and the United States.