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EU labour markets [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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Economic recovery has reduced the unemployment rate in the euro area and the wider European Union, but there are still significant challenges for EU labour markets. These include increasing inequalities, the effect of the digital revolution and globalisation on jobs, the impact of the posting of workers abroad within the EU, persistently high youth and long-term unemployment, and integration of migrants. The European Commission is pushing ahead with its European Pillar of Social Rights package to strengthen the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and reports by major international think tanks and research institutes on the state and possible reforms of EU labour markets as well as social policies. More reports on social policies can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’ published in May 2017.

La révision de la directive sur le détachement des travailleurs: Comment aller plus loin?
Fondation Robert Schuman, October 2017

Integration of immigrants in European labour markets
Centre for European Policy Studies, October 2017

Remaking Europe: The new manufacturing as an engine for growth
Bruegel, September 2017

Is Juncker’s enthusiasm for a common labour authority premature?
Centre for European Policy Studies, September 2017

Employment in Europe and the US: The EU’s remarkable strength
Bruegel, September 2017

The platform economy and industrial relations: Applying the old framework to the new reality
Centre for European Policy Studies, August 2017

EU posted workers: Separating fact and fiction
Bruegel, August 2017

Impact of digitalisation and the on-demand economy on labour markets and the consequences for employment and industrial relations
Centre for European Policy Studies, July 2017

Marché du travail: Pour la réforme!
Fondation pour l’innovation politique, July 2017

The great recession’s biggest losers: The euro area’s jobless
Centre for European Policy Studies, July 2017

Government responses to the platform economy: Where do we stand?
Centre for European Policy Studies, July 2017

Reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe
European Trade Union Institute, July 2017

Trade unions and right-wing extremism in Europe
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, June 2017

Working to rule: The damaging economics of UK employment regulation
Institute of Economic Affairs, June 2017

Is Greece’s labour market bouncing back?
Bruegel, June 2017

Migrant crop pickers in Italy and Spain
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, June 2017

The dynamic and distributional aspects of import tariffs
Institut für Weltwirtschaft Kiel, May 2017

Beyond organizational scale: How social entrepreneurs create systems change
World Economic Forum, May 2017

Natura 2000 and jobs
Institute for European Environmental Policy, May 2017

Dynamics of overqualification: Evidence from the early career of graduates
Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung, April 2017

Wie zukunftsfähig sind unsere Sozialstaaten? Deutsch-französische Dialoge zum sozialen Europa
Bertelsmann Stiftung, April 2017

Beyond basic income: Overcoming the crisis of social democracy?
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, April 2017

The inbetweeners: The new role of internships in the graduate labour market
Institute for Public Policy Research, April 2017

Making inclusion work: How work-based learning can bring excluded groups closer to the workplace
Institute for Public Policy Research, April 2017

Unemployment Insurance in America: A model for Europe?
Centre for European Policy Studies, June 2017

Income inequality and growth in Europe: key role for national policies
Bruegel, May 2017

Macron’s social agenda
Clingendael, May 2017

Do we understand the impact of artificial intelligence on employment?
Bruegel, April 2017

A coordinated mix of public investment and incomes policies for sustainable development in Europe
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, April 2017

The global decline in the labour income share: Is capital the answer to Germany’s current account surplus?
Bruegel, April 2017

Saving the French social model at the expense of the EU?
Clingendael, April 2017

What drives wage gaps in Europe?
European Trade Union Institute, April 2017

The European labour market still faces big challenges
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, April 2017

Vers la providence 4.0? L’entrée dans le numérique de l’Etat-providence, dans les domaines du travail, de la santé et de l’innovation comparatif européen
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, March 2017

We must tackle long-term job insecurity, not just the excesses of the ‘gig economy’
Friends of Europe, March 2017

Social harmonization and labor market performance in Europe
Center for Social and Economic Research, March 2017

Social investment first! A precondition for a modern social Europe
European Policy Centre, March 2017

Closing routes to retirement: How do people respond?
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, March 2017

The role of aggregate preferences for labor supply: Evidence from low-paid employment
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, March 2017

Feasibility and added value of a European unemployment benefits scheme
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2017

Design of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2017

Stabilising the European Economic and Monetary Union: What to expect from a common unemployment benefits scheme?
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2017

British business strategy, EU social and employment policy and the emerging politics of Brexit
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, February 2017

Europe’s new social reality: The case against universal basic income
Policy Network, February 2017

Ambiguities of Social Europe: Political agenda setting among trade unionists from Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe
Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, February 2017

Un capital emploi formation pour tous: Contribution pour une véritable sécurisation des parcours professionnels
Institut Montaigne, January 2017

The performance of immigrants in the German labor market
Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, January 2017

Towards a European pillar of social rights: Upgrading the EU social acquis
College of Europe, January 2017

Why central and eastern Europe needs a pay rise
European Trade Union Institute, January 2017

Read this briefing on ‘EU labour markets‘ on the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.



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