Europe’s Social Model facing the Covid-19 Employment Crisis: Innovating Job Retention Policies to Avoid Mass Unemployment with Bernhard Ebbinghaus, University of Oxford

21 Septembre, 2021 - 12:30 - 14:30

CEE General Seminar

  • This seminar will be held in Hybrid format : Sciences Po, Amphithéâtre Simone Veil, 28 rue des Saints-Pères, 75007 Paris or Via Zoom, Compulsory Registration
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Europe’s Social Model facing the Covid-19 Employment Crisis: Innovating Job Retention Policies to Avoid Mass Unemployment, Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Lukas Lehner (University of Oxford), Draft Paper for ESPAnet (online) Conference, August/September 2021

Europe faces multiple challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the problem of how to secure jobs and earnings. In our comparative analysis, we explore to what degree European welfare states were capable to respond to this crisis by stabilizing employment and income for working people. Short-time work was one tool used in the Great Recession, job retention policies were further expanded or newly introduced across Europe in 2020. However, cross-national variations persist across European welfare states in the way in which these schemes were designed and implemented, they aimed more or less towards ‘labour hoarding’ to avoid mass dismissal through the employment crisis. We introduce the business support - and the labour support logics to help understand the variation of job retention policies across Europe. Continental, Mediterranean and Liberal welfare states fostered more labour hoarding then Nordic or Central and Eastern European countries. 


EbbinghausBernhard Ebbinghaus, Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford

At the University of Oxford, Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Professor of Social Policy, former Head (2017-2020) of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI), Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College and Associate Member of Nuffield College. He is also visiting Mercator Fellow (2018-21) at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 884) Political Economy of Reform at the University of Mannheim, where he previously held the Chair of Macrosociology (2004-2016). 


Jan Boguslawski, Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo

Nathalie Morel, Sciences Po, CEE & LIEPP 


Florence Faucher, Sciences Po, CEE

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