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Labour Markets at a Crossroads

PublikationBok
EU, Företagandets villkor, Henrik Malm Lindberg, Lönebildning, Minimilöner, Nils Karlson, Reformer

Sammanfattning

In the research project ”Wage formation and business dynamics” at the Ratio Institute a new book has been published edited by Nils Karlson and Henrik Lindberg. In Labour Markets at a crossroads: Causes of Change, Challenges and Need to Reform we investigate the vital aspects of the different Labour Markets Models in Europe. In ten chapters with three themes: Flexicurity and Labour market Dynamics, Unions and Industrial Action, Wages and Bargaining, different aspects and dimensions of the challenges that Europe face are addressed. The challenges are a persistent and furthermore increasing unemployment among the young, immigrants and disabled which calls for reform of the existing institutions.

A central conclusion made in the anthology is that one of the main causes of the shortcomings of the European labour markets in the functioning of the ”corporative cartels” meaning unions and employers organizations with cartels functions and purposes, upheld by legislation and corporative institutions.

Lindberg, H. & Karlson, N. (red.) (2012).Labour Markets at a Crossroads – Causes of Change, Challenges and Need to Reform. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.


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Ratio Working Paper No. 353: From free competition to fair competition on the European internal market
Working paperPublikation
Karlson, N., Herold, T. & Dalbard, K.
Publiceringsår

2022

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Ratio Working Paper

Sammanfattning

This paper investigates whether an increased use and reinterpretation of what has been called “fair competition” has occurred at the expense of “free competition” among the central institutions of the European Union. We are also interested in assessing how frequently these terms have been used by the various EU institutions over time.

We have empirically examined this through a quantitative survey of more than 12,000 public documents, out of totally 242 000 documents containing 630 million words, in the EUR-lex database over the last 50 years, from 1970 to 2020. Our conclusion is that the emphasis of the common policies in the EU is likely to have shifted from free competition and an open market economy to “fair competition” in the sense of a level playing field, in official EU documents, such as treaties, EU acts institutions, preparatory documents relating to EU directives and recommendations including motions and resolutions, case law and more.

The European Commission has been a driving force in this development, followed closely by the European Parliament and subsequently by the Council of Ministers. This change entails a risk that the regulation of the European internal market has shifted so that the dynamics of the internal market and thus the EU’s competitiveness will weaken. The change also entails a centralization of decisions at EU level at the expense of the Member States.

Ratio Working Paper No. 350: A quickly transforming labour market
Working paperPublikation
Uddén Sonnegård, E.
Publiceringsår

2021

Publicerat i

Ratio Working Paper

Sammanfattning

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that the labour market situation can change
extremely rapidly when there is an unexpected exogenous shock to the economy. Even
though the transformation of the labour market as a result of the development of ICT
(Information Communication Technology) industries facilitates more-flexible
conditions, it is now more important than ever for EU Member States to improve the
functioning of their labour markets. Member States need to increase possibilities for
training and retraining throughout peoples’ working lives in order to smooth the
transformation into a digital world of work.

Den svenska modellens framtid
BokPublikation
Karlson, N., Stern, C. & Uddén Sonnegård, E.
Publiceringsår

2021

Publicerat i
Sammanfattning

Kommer den svenska arbetsmarknadsmodellen att klara av de utmaningar som globaliseringen, digitaliseringen och utvecklingen av artificiell intelligens för med sig? Kan den hantera den åldrande befolkningen och den allt större aktiviteten från EU:s sida på arbetsmarknadsområdet?

I denna bok diskuteras vad aktuell forskning har att säga om dessa frågor. Den svenska modellen utvärderas utifrån fyra kriterier: konkurrenskraft, utvecklingskraft, kompetensförsörjning och ett inkluderande samhälle.

En slutsats är att den svenska arbetsmarknadsmodellen har betydande problem. Några av dem kommer inifrån modellen själv, medan andra kommer utifrån. Samtidigt har modellen stora fördelar som är väl värda att bevara och utveckla. Men för att hantera utmaningarna är reformer nödvändiga. För både arbetsmarknadens parter och politiker bör den långsiktiga ambitionen vara att stärka förmågan till kontinuerlig utveckling.

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