Sunday, November 10, 2013

A question for readers who know what's going on internationally better than I do

Do you know of a good resource for information on sub-national labor market policies - especially employment protection policies or anything impacting turnover rates - in:

1. Germany
2. Switzerland
3. Austria
4. Canada
5. Austrailia

Also do you know of excellent up to date books on labor markets and labor market policies in the first three?

My third essay, I think, is going to have a strong comparative component to it and I need to bone up on some other labor markets


  1. Although I'm not expert on those countries in particular, I'm glad to see that you're taking more of an international outlook!

    That stated - shouldn't the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development or the IZA in Germany have resources for stuff like this? I would look for outlets originating from the aforementioned countries that deal with regional studies and labour economics. With regard to the European continent - you may wish to take a look at the German Economic Review the European Economic Review, the Journal of Common Market Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, the European Journal of Political Economy, Labour Economics, the Journal of European Social Policy, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. I believe that there is pertinent and relatively recent material published in the outlets run by the Royal Economic Society in Great Britain.

    As for Canada and Australia...aren't their most prominent scholarly outlets in economics Australian Economic Papers and The Canadian Journal of Economics(respectively)? (I also believe you may wish to look at the Economic and Labour Relations Review, which is an Australian outlet.)

    1. Thanks - yes all of that is on my radar. I guess I'm just curious if people know of specific sources that have data. I found one promising one from the EU on employment protection today.

    2. Don't mention it, and I'm not surprised all of the above were things you first looked at. Did you try looking for anything in Economica or the International Labour Review? Also, have you found Eurostat yet?

  2. If you search for information on Canada remember they spell it "labour".

    Each Canadian Province and the Federal government set labour standards and legislate with respect to collective bargaining and pensions for companies falling under their authority. Most employment, including pension plans, is governed by Provincial legislation.

    The Canadian Federal government's employment insurance program has tended to be more generous in those parts of the country most dependent on seasonal work (tending to be a subsidy for certain industries and regions).

    1. Certification of trades is done by the Provinces which can be an obstacle to inter-provincial movement of workers.

    2. An obstacle to movement but great for econometric work.

      Thanks - I'll look into all this.

  3. I guess you already know the OECD ELP index ...

    Johannes Giesecke, Michael Gebel, Clemens Noelke have done good work on the consequences of EPL and other labour market regulation on youth labor markets.

    1. Ah OECD - yes that's the one I came across that I mentioned to Blue Aurora above. Thanks for the cite.

  4. In Austria most labor market policy is set on a federal level. Laws generally set a minimum standard, the rest comes from collective bargaining agreements which differ across industries. Dunno If that's the kind of variation you're after.
    No idea about books in English.
    There is this data base from the gov. job center (registered vacancies, unemployed by region, industry, etc) : (haven't found a way to switch to English...)
    Gov. job center document on labor market policy (mostly unemployment insurance related) in 2011 (released oct 2012, so new one might be coming soon):

  5. Is "Austrailia" near the Appalachian Trail?


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