How Far Away is a Single European Labor Market?

32 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 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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Date Written: August 2014

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

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? (August 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10107, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2501579

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