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Labor Market Deregulation & In-Work Poverty: Considerations on the Future of Social Policy

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Dimitris Kastanos
Dimitris Kastanos


Over the past few decades, labor market deregulation has dominated the policymaking agenda. These practices entailed, among others, easing the regulatory framework for employment protection, weakening collective bargaining institutions and promoting non-standard forms of employment as a means to achieve the desired degree of flexibility. Meanwhile, conventional analyses failed to investigate the correlation between deregulation and in-work poverty. In fact, poverty was examined exclusively as a consequence of unemployment, thus obscuring its multidimensional nature. This policy brief aims to present the core arguments for and against deregulation, as well as to provide a literature review on the relation between deregulation and in-work poverty. Finally, some remarks are made on the urgent need for change in the orientation of policymaking in a post-covid era.

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Labor market deregulation; flexibility; in-work poverty; part-time employment; temporal contracts; non-standard employment; social policy; social protection; welfare state

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