Measuring Flexicurity at the Macro Level: Conceptual and Data Availability Challenges

REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 10-2009

43 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2009

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Fabio Bertozzi

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Giuliano Bonoli

University of Lausanne - Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This working paper provides a critical discussion of attempts that have been made in recent years to measure the concept of flexicurity. It begins by addressing some conceptual aspects, looking in particular at different interpretations and definitions of the term flexicurity that one can find in the academic and policy literature. It then moves on to consider a number of problems involved in quantifying the dimensions included in the concept of flexicurity. These include the gap between formal rules and actual implementation of labour market regulation, the selective character of both flexibility and security and the existence of feedback effects between flexibility and security and vice-versa. The next two sections deal more directly with measurement issued, focusing on indicators pertaining to the various dimensions of flexicurity and to a number of flexicurity indexes that have been elaborated by researchers. The paper concludes by point out the limits of quantitative approaches in accounting for complex phenomena like flexicurity, and encourages researchers to complement the knowledge produced by indicators with more qualitative tools, such as typologies and fine grained accounts of polices.

Keywords: Flexicurity; unemployment benefits; employment protection; active labour market policy; measurement

Suggested Citation

Bertozzi, Fabio and Bonoli, Giuliano, Measuring Flexicurity at the Macro Level: Conceptual and Data Availability Challenges (2009). REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 10-2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489951 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489951

Fabio Bertozzi (Contact Author)

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Giuliano Bonoli

University of Lausanne - Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration ( email )

R.te de la Maladière 21
Chavannes-Renens, CH-1022
Switzerland

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