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Job Creation

The Role of Labor Market Institutions Edited by Jordi Gual, Deputy Director General, Head of Research, Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona - ‘la Caixa’, Spain
Insufficient job creation and the decreasing quality of jobs are fundamental social problems throughout the industrialized world. This impressive book uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide an accessible and wide-ranging assessment of the effect of changes in labour market institutions on the creation of jobs.
Extent: 224 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 789 7
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Labour Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Labour Policy
Insufficient job creation and the decreasing quality of jobs are fundamental social problems throughout the industrialized world. This impressive book uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide an accessible and wide-ranging assessment of the effect of changes in labour market institutions on the creation of jobs.

This book brings together a distinguished group of contributors from the fields of economics, management and industrial relations. The authors rigorously examine how labour market institutions shape employment performance and assess issues such as unemployment benefits, job security provisions and collective bargaining. These institutions are found to be key determinants of unemployment rates and other important social and economic indicators such as activity rates, and the share of part-time and short-term contract jobs. The authors also focus on public policy and the reform of current institutions and assess their effect on the adaptation of the labour force to the changing demands of international markets. In particular, several chapters analyse the impact of information technologies on the organization of firms and their internal and external labour markets. Regulatory changes are proposed to facilitate the adjustment and competitiveness of both companies and workers in order to increase the creation of jobs.

Job Creation will be required reading for scholars of labour economics, labour markets and public policy as well as practitioners and policymakers.
‘Summarising, the book contributes a number of valuable insights and, as a whole, conveys an important message.’
– Wiemer Salverda, International Journal of Manpower

‘. . . the book is an asset for all researchers and policymakers concerned with labour market problems and contributes to a broader reflection on the need for congruency in labour market requirements and in institutional frameworks.’
– Peter Auer, International Labour Review

‘This book is a welcome addition to the analysis of the current state of European labour markets and a particularly useful one since it does attempt to offer constructive policy prescriptions to the different facets of the problem.’
– Claudio Lucifora, The Economic Journal
Contributors: C. Cavallé, C. Crouch, A. Ferner, J. Gual, S. Nickell, P. Osterman, V. Salas, D.J. Snower
Contents: Preface 1. The Employment Debate 2. Employment Dynamics and Labor Market Institutions 3. The Organizational Revolution and its Implications for Job Creation 4. The Shifting Structure of the American Labor Market 5. External and Internal Labor Markets in Spain 6. Labor Market Regulations, Social Policy and Job Creation 7. Multinationals, ‘Relocation’, and Employment in Europe