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European and American Labor Markets in the Crisis

Les marchés du travail européen et américain dans la crise

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Published on Monday, November 03, 2014


The French Ministry of Labor, Employment, Training and Social dialogue - the DARES - and the CEPREMAP are organizing an international conference on “European and American Labor Markets in the Crisis” with experts from the academic community and representatives of foreign institutions. The conference will be organized around four themes: the role of the labor market institutions during the crisis; the differentiated impacts across workers; the specific features of the current crisis in terms of productivity, wages and unemployment; the reforms and adjustments of labor policies.



Since its onset in 2007, the economic crisis has sorely tested the European and American labor markets. According to the countries, labor markets have reacted differently: in Germany, employment held up quite well; in the United-Kingdom, Denmark, France, and even more in the United States and Spain, job destructions were massive and quick. In the United States, the persistence of a high level of long-term unemployment rate questions about the performance of flexible labor markets compared to more protective ones.

Some categories of people, already vulnerable, have been especially affected by the crisis. Faced with these challenges, countries have adapted their institutions differently. The United States strengthened their safety nets by extending the duration of unemployment compensation while Spain introduced more flexibility in its employment legislation. As a consequence, implemented policies converged between countries.

Experts from the academic community (France, Europe and North America) and representatives of French and foreign institutions will present their recent work.

The conference is open to the public on registration.

The conference registration is exclusively online: ptolemee.com/marchestravail


Thursday, 6th November


1:30 p.m. - Welcome coffee

2:00 p.m. - Opening speech by François Rebsamen – Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational training and Social dialogue

Chairperson of the session: Christel Colin (DARES)

2:30 p.m. - The role of the labor market institutions – USA and France

  • Minimum wage and employment in France by Pierre Cahuc (ENSAE-CREST, Ecole Polytechique – Paris)
  • Recession, recovery, and labor market flexibility in the United States, 2007-2013 by John Schmitt (Center for Economic and Policy Research – Washington DC)

Discussant: Agnès Benassy-Quéré (Paris School of Economics, Paris I University, Council
of Economic Analysis –CAE)

Chairperson of the session: Jean-Louis Dayan (Employment Research Center –CEE)

4:00 p.m. - The differentiated impacts of the crisis across workers

  • The implications of austerity for gender relations and gender equality: the cases of Spain and the UK  by Jill Rubery (Manchester University)
  • Who suffers in recessions? An analysis of US labor markets in the great recession by Hilary Hoynes (University of California Berkeley, NBER)

Discussant: Christine Erhel (Employment Research Center –CEE–, Paris I University)

 Friday, 7th November



8:30 a.m. - Welcome coffee

9:00 a.m. - Opening speech by Françoise Bouygard – Head of the DARES

  • Chairperson of the session: Daniel Cohen (CEPREMAP)
  • 9:15 a.m. - Keynote session – Failing the future: the inability of labor markets, institutions, and policies to overcome the specters of inequality and joblessness by Richard B. Freeman (Harvard University, NBER)
  • International perspective: Both more and better jobs are needed for an inclusive recovery from the crisis by Stefano Scarpetta (OCDE)

Chairperson of the session: Fréderic Lerais (Institute of Economic and Social Research – IRES)

11:00 a.m. - The role of the labor market institutions – Denmark and Germany

  • The Danish flexicurity labour market during the great recession by Torben M. Andersen (Aarhus University, CEPR, IZA)
  • The German labor market during the great recession and since the mid-1990s’ by Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt University of Berlin, Institute for Employment Research –IAB–, IZA Berlin)

Discussant: Bernard Gazier (Paris I University)

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

Chairperson of the session: Jean-Luc Tavernier (INSEE)

  • 2:00 p.m. - The new inflation/output trade-off by Robert J. Gordon (Northwestern University)
  • Labour productivity puzzles in Europe by Philippe Askenazy (Paris School of Economics)

Discussant: Ekkehard Ernst (International Labour Organisation)

Chairperson of the session: Luc Behaghel (CEPREMAP)

3:30 p.m. - Reforms and adjustments of labor policies

  • Unemployment insurance and great recession in the US and in Europe by Camille Landais (London School of Economics)
  • The Spanish productivity puzzle in the great recession by Laura Hospido (Bank of Spain, IZA)

Discussant: Gilles Saint-Paul (Paris School of Economics, Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL)

5:00 p.m. - Closing speech by Françoise Bouygard, head of the DARES, and Daniel Cohen, head of the CEPREMAP


  • Ministère des Affaires sociales - 14 avenue Duquesne
    Paris, France (75007)


  • Thursday, November 06, 2014
  • Friday, November 07, 2014


  • crise, marché du travail, croissance, politiques de l'emploi


  • Communication DARES
    courriel : dares [dot] communication [at] dares [dot] travail [dot] gouv [dot] fr

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  • Communication DARES
    courriel : dares [dot] communication [at] dares [dot] travail [dot] gouv [dot] fr


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« European and American Labor Markets in the Crisis », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Monday, November 03, 2014, https://doi.org/10.58079/r9x

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