Globalization, Technological Change, and Labor Markets / Edition 1

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Globalization, Technological Change, and Labor Markets is an edited collection of papers drawn from the conference held at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in June 1997. This conference brought German and American perspectives to bear on the complex issues of global competition, technological change, and labor markets in the welfare state.
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Presents 11 papers selected from a conference held in June 1997 in Baltimore, Maryland to look, not at the challenges facing people who work and their responses, but at how structural changes in the labor market impacts business and government and what they can do to optimize their interests. The topics include globalization and productivity in the US and Germany, sectoral versus spatial shocks in the European labor markets, proposals for changing the structure of financing social security in Germany and some possible effects, the changing skill structure of employment in German manufacturing, issues of environmental and labor standards in the global trading system, and the political economy of international labor standards. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792383185
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/31/1998
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Globalization and Productivity in the United States and Germany 17
European Labor Markets: Sectoral Versus Spatial Shocks 45
The Changing Skill Structure of Employment in German Manufacturing: A Peek inside the Industry Black Box 59
Relative Earnings and the Demand for Unskilled Labor in West German Manufacturing 89
Labor Mobility, Labor Standards, and Trade Policy: The Case of the German Entsendegesetz 113
Globalization and the "German Model": Can it Survive? 141
Financing Social Security in Germany: Proposals for Changing its Structure and Some Possible Effects 179
Labor Demand, Unemployment, and the Cost of Social Insurance Schemes in Germany 213
Issues of Environmental and Labor Standards in the Global Trading System 235
The Political Economy of International Labor Standards 281
Index 325
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