Journal article

Economic Globalization and Convergence in Labor Market Regulation: An Empirical Assessment

PG Gahan, R Mitchell, ST Cooney, B Cooper, A Stewart

American Journal of Comparative Law | American Society of Comparative Law | Published : 2012


A major question for the comparative analysis of industrial relations and labor market institutions has been the extent to which labor laws in different countries have converged or diverged over time. A second question is whether any convergence between labor law systems is associated with economic globalization. Using a new measure of the “protective strength” of a country’s labor market regulation (the Longitudinal Labor Regulation Index), this study compares the evolution of labor laws in six countries (Australia, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States) for the period 1970 to 2005. We assess whether there has been a convergence in the protective strength of labor..

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