The Evolution of Labour Law: Calibrating and Comparing Regulatory Regimes

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

43 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2007  

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 Siems

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

Date Written: September 2007

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.

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

JEL Classification: J53, K31, N30, P50

Suggested Citation

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

Simon F. Deakin

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Mathias Siems (Contact Author)

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