Preface. 1. Introduction; S.W. Black. 2. Globalization and Productivity in the United States and Germany; C.L. Mann. 3. European Labor Markets: Sectoral Versus Spatial Shocks; A.-M. Gulde, H.C. Wolf. 4. The Changing Skill Structure of Employment in German Manufacturing: A Peek Inside the Industry Black Box; J.T. Addison, J. Wagner. 5. Relative Earnings and the Demand for Unskilled Labor in West German Manufacturing; V. Steiner, K. Wagner. 6. Labor Mobility, Labor Standards, and Trade Policy: The Case of the German Endsendegesetz ; N. Leiner, H.-J. Vosgerau. 7. Globalization and the `German Model': Can it Survive? C. Hefeker. 8. Financing Social Security in Germany: Proposals for Changing Its Structure and Some Possible Effects; W. Schmähl. 9. Labor Demand, Unemployment, and the Cost of Social Insurance Schemes in Germany; R.T. Riphahn, T. Bauer. 10. Issues of Environmental and Labor Standards in the Global Trading System; D.K. Brown, et al. 11. The Political Economy of International Labor Standards; S.S. Golub. Index.
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.
The contributions are organized into five sections dealing with various aspects of the problem: (1) Macroeconomic Perspectives; (2) Microeconomic Aspects; (3) the German Model of Labor Relations; (4) the Social Market Economy; and (5) Trade Policy and Environmental and Labor Standards. This edited collection seeks to explore many of the key issues surrounding the debate over the impact of globalization and technological change on labor markets in Europe and the United States.
`This volume provides path-breaking insights as to why globalization has wreaked havoc on the welfare states that had once propelled Western Europe and North America to an unprecedented standard of living throughout the post-war period. The high level of scholarship contained in the individual chapters forms a compelling argument that will convince even the most resistant skeptics that the days of the classic welfare state are numbered. More importantly, this book is filled with concrete suggestions based on careful economic analysis as to how technological change and globalization can be harnessed in conjunction with a new role of the state to provide a high standard of living.'
David B. Audretsch, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, Indiana University
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