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The Evolution of Labour Law: Calibrating and Comparing Regulatory Regimes


Simon Deakin


University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research (CBR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Priya Lele


Ashurst LLP; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research (CBR)

Mathias M. Siems


Durham University - Durham Law School; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research

September 2007

Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, Working Paper No. 352

Abstract:     
We present evidence on the evolution of labour law in five countries (the UK, USA, Germany, France and India) using a newly-created dataset which measures legal change over time. The results cast light on the claim that legal origin, or the influence of common law and civil law regulatory styles, affects the content of labour law regimes. We find some divergence between common law and civil law countries at the aggregate level but a more complex picture when the index is decomposed so as to identify changes in specific areas of labour law. We discuss the potential significance of this relatively new approach to the measurement of law for understanding the forces at work in the evolution of labour law.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: labour law, labor law, employee protection, legal origin, comparative law, leximetrics, numerical comparative law

JEL Classification: J53, K31, N30, P50

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Date posted: November 16, 2007  

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Deakin, Simon and Lele, Priya and Siems, Mathias M., The Evolution of Labour Law: Calibrating and Comparing Regulatory Regimes (September 2007). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1029694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1029694

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Simon F. Deakin
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Mathias M. Siems (Contact Author)
Durham University - Durham Law School ( email )
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