Choosing from the reform menu card : individual determinants of labour market policy preferences


Heinemann, Friedrich ; Bischoff, Ivo ; Hennighausen, Tanja


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2294
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-22941
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2009
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: A13 J48 D63 C42 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Arbeitsmarktpolitik , Reform , Hartz-Reform , Wert
Keywords (English): labour market reform , economic beliefs , fairness preferences , ALLBUS
Abstract: This contribution empirically explores the drivers of labour market reform acceptance for the individual level in Germany. For that purpose we make use of the representative German General Social Survey (ALLBUS). This survey offers data to which extent individuals support benefit cuts, longer working years, cutting subsidies to declining industries, phasing out of employment programmes or a liberalisation of employment protection. Our theoretical considerations suggest that self-interest, information, fairness judgements, economic beliefs and other individual factors such as socialisation under the communist regime in the former German Democratic Republic drive individual reform preferences. Our empirical results support this notion: While we find self-interest to be an important driving force, our results show that a number of factors well beyond the narrow scope of self-interest strongly shape individual reform preferences.
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Heinemann, Friedrich ; Bischoff, Ivo ; Hennighausen, Tanja (2009) Choosing from the reform menu card : individual determinants of labour market policy preferences. Open Access [Working paper]
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