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Work Sharing during the Great Recession

New Developments and Beyond Edited by Jon C. Messenger, Senior Research Officer, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland and Naj Ghosheh, Research Officer, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland
‘Work sharing’ is a labour market instrument devised to distribute a reduced volume of work to the same (or similar) number of workers over a diminished period of working time in order to avoid redundancies. This fascinating and timely study presents the concept and history of work sharing and explores the complexities and trade-offs involved in its use as both a strategy for preserving jobs and a policy for increasing employment.
In Association with the International Labour Organization
Extent: 320 pp
Hardback Price: $152.00 Web: $136.80
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 78254 087 8
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Labour Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Labour Policy
‘Work sharing’ is a labour market instrument devised to distribute a reduced volume of work to the same (or similar) number of workers over a diminished period of working time in order to avoid redundancies. This fascinating and timely study presents the concept and history of work sharing and explores the complexities and trade-offs involved in its use as both a strategy for preserving jobs and a policy for increasing employment.

The expert contributors examine the resurgence in the use of work sharing as a job preservation strategy via country case studies of work-sharing programmes implemented across the globe during the Great Recession of 2008–2009. These studies clearly illustrate that work sharing has been successful as a crisis-response measure in a number of countries. Lessons learned and their implications are presented alongside prescriptions on how to design permanent work-sharing policies that would provide appropriate incentives to generate positive effects for employment and promote a sustainable and job-rich economic recovery.

This enlightening book will prove invaluable to academics, researchers, students and policymakers in the fields of labour economics, public sector economics and social policy.
Contributors: L. Bellmann, A. Crimmann, J. Flecker, H.-D. Gerner, N. Ghosheh, S. Glosser, L. Golden, M.J. González Fernández, J.C. Messenger, K. Ogura, A. Schönauer, F. Wießner, E. Yeldan
Contents:

1. An Introduction to Work Sharing: A Strategy for Preserving Jobs, Creating New Employment and Improving Individual Well-being
Jon C. Messenger and Naj Ghosheh

2. Work Sharing as an Alternative to Layoffs: Lessons from the German Experience during the Crisis
Lutz Bellmann, Andreas Crimmann, Hans-Dieter Gerner and Frank Wießner

3. European Diversity of Work Sharing as a Crisis Measure: The Experiences of Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands
Jörg Flecker and Annika Schönauer

4. Work Sharing in Japan
Kazuya Ogura

5. The Turkish Experience with Work-Sharing Policy during the Global Economic Crisis, 2008−2010
Erinç Yeldan

6. Results of the Implementation of the Suspension and Partial Unemployment Insurance Programmes in Uruguay, 2009−2010
María José González Fernández

7. Work Sharing as a Potential Policy Tool for Creating More and Better Employment: A Review of the Evidence
Lonnie Golden and Stuart Glosser

8. Conclusion: Lessons Learned from the Great Recession and Implications for Policy
Jon C. Messenger and Naj Ghosheh

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