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Germany’s Labour Market in Coronavirus Distress – New Challenges to Safeguarding Employment

Alexander Herzog-Stein (), Patrick Nã¼ãÿ (), Lennert Peede () and Ulrike Stein ()
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Patrick Nã¼ãÿ: Kiel University
Lennert Peede: University of Muenster

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Patrick Nüß ()

No 209-2021, IMK Working Paper from IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute

Abstract: We analyse measures of internal flexibility taken to safeguard employment during the Coronavirus Crisis in comparison to the Great Recession. Cyclical working-time reductions are again a major factor in safeguarding employment. Whereas during the Great Recession all working-time instruments contributed to the reduction in working time, short-time work now accounts for almost all of the working-time reduction. Short-time work was more rapidly extended, more generous, and for the first time a stronger focus was put on securing household income on a broad basis. Still, the current crisis is more severe and affects additional sectors of the economy where low-wage earners are affected more frequently by short-time work and suffered on average relatively greater earnings losses. A hypothetical average short-time worker had a relative income loss in April 2020 that was more than twice as large as that in May 2009. Furthermore, marginal employment is affected strongly but not protected by short-time work.

JEL-codes: E24 E32 J08 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2021
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