How Far Away is a Single European Labor Market?

32 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2014

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Annabelle Krause-Pilatus

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ulf Rinne

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Klaus F. Zimmermann

Global Labor Organization (GLO); UNU-MERIT; Maastricht University, Department of Economics; Free University Berlin; University of Bonn; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Journal of Population Economics

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Abstract

A Single European Labor Market, particularly involving the free movement of workers within Europe, has been a goal of the European community since the 1950s. Whereas it may entail opportunities and drawbacks alike, the benefits – such as greater economic welfare for most citizens – are supposed to outweigh the losses. However, over fifty years after the aim was first established, a Single European Labor Market has not yet been achieved. This paper gives an overview of current European macroeconomic trends, with a particular focus on the Great Recession, and also explores the drivers of and obstacles to labor mobility. Complementarily, it analyzes the results of a unique opinion survey among labor market experts, as well as formulates policy recommendations to enhance mobility. The development of a Single European Labor Market is also discussed in relation to the German model.

Keywords: European labor market integration, worker mobility, economic crisis, economic migration, German model

JEL Classification: J40, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Krause-Pilatus, Annabelle and Rinne, Ulf and Zimmermann, Klaus F., How Far Away is a Single European Labor Market?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8383, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2481572

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