December 2006

No. 2505: Employment Regulation and Labor Market Policy in Germany, 1991-2005

published in: Paul de Beer and Trudie Schils (eds.), The Labour Market Triangle Employment Protection, Unemployment Compensation and Activation in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009, 119-144

The paper provides an overview of institutional provisions and reforms regarding employment protection, active and passive labor market policies in Germany as well as of actors' responsibilities in these areas. It covers the period between the early 1990s and the most recent Hartz reforms. Empirical data on labor market outcomes with respect to the levels and structures of both employment and unemployment complements this study.