Flexicurity in Europe

Report prepared for the use of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

After a decade of bonanza the economic crisis brought rising unemployment levels, decreased and in some cases even negative real GDP growth and scaled-back income-security policies, reducing the attraction of flexicurity. Most European Countries are facing increased inequality and social tensions, tighter budget balance constraints together with growing government expenditures to finance the considerable growth in unemployment rates, effectively reducing the scope for activation and other support measures. The ‘double bind’ of flexicurity seems therefore jeopardised.
Can Flexicurity survive the crisis? This is the question we address in this report. By using the set of indicators proposed by the European Commission to monitor flexicurity we analyse the latest trends in four dimensions: flexible and reliable contractual agreements, lifelong learning, active labour market policies and social security systems.

author(s): European Commission/ Joint Research Center, Unit of Econometrics and Applied Statistics - M. Nardo, F. Rossetti
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