The Myth of Worksharing

A. Kapteyn, A.S. Kalwij, M.A. Zaidi

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Abstract

Worksharing is considered by many as a promising public policy to reduce unemployment. In this paper we present a review of the most pertinent theoretical and empirical contributions to the literature on worksharing. In addition, we also provide new empirical evidence on this issue, by a cross country analysis exploiting aggregate data for 13 OECD countries. The conclusions of the literature survey are indecisive. Conclusions about the efficacy of worksharing as an employment enhancing policy tool depend heavily on the setting in which the analysis takes place. Our empirical analysis does not find any evidence for the proposition that worksharing would promote employment or reduce unemployment. In an appendix we present an overview of recent public policy experience of European Countries with respect to different forms of worksharing. Also here the evidence is mixed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Number of pages48
Volume2000-23
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2000-23

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Work sharing
Unemployment
Public policy
Policy tools
Cross-country analysis
Employment policy
Empirical evidence
OECD countries
Efficacy
Empirical analysis
Aggregate data
European countries
Literature survey

Keywords

  • unemployment
  • part-time workers

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Kapteyn, A., Kalwij, A. S., & Zaidi, M. A. (2000). The Myth of Worksharing. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2000-23). Tilburg: Econometrics.
Kapteyn, A. ; Kalwij, A.S. ; Zaidi, M.A. / The Myth of Worksharing. Tilburg : Econometrics, 2000. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Tilburg : Econometrics, 2000. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2000-23).

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