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Why Deregulate Labour Markets?$
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Gøsta Esping-Andersen and Marino Regini

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240523.001.0001

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The Dutch Miracle?

The Dutch Miracle?

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(p.181) 7 The Dutch Miracle?
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Why Deregulate Labour Markets?
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Cees Gorter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240523.003.0008

This chapter examines labour market reforms in the Netherlands. Deregulation and flexibilisation measures since 1980 have not influenced the degree of employment protection or wage flexibility. However, these have promoted the extensive use of temporary and flexible work, and increased working hour flexibility. The ‘Dutch’ miracle is attributed to a continuous course of wage moderation based on an ‘organized-decentralized’ wage bargaining system in which social partners reach agreements, whereby wage restraint is exchanged for socio-economic goals such as employment creation and working time reduction.

Keywords:   Netherlands, labour market reform, labour policy, flexible work, wages

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