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Brian Burgoon and Damian Raess (University of Amsterdam). AIAS lunch seminars.

Event details of Globalisation and Working Time: Establishment-level Survey of working hours and job flexibility in Germany
Date 20 September 2007
Time 12:15 -13:15
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building M

Brian Burgoon and Damian Raess (University of Amsterdam).

This paper examines the impact of increased trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) openness on establishment working conditions, thereby contributing to ongoing debate over how economic globalisation influences industrial relations. Based on analysis using the IAB-Betriebspanel of the Federal Labor Office, the focus is on how economic globalization measures affect establishment-level bargaining over weekly standard hours, overtime,
temporary work and work time flexibilisation in the German setting.

Such micro-level study of labor politics and globalisation suggests two major findings. First, foreign ownership and export orientation (share of foreign sales) tend to be associated with more unfavorable conditions for workers but correlate negatively with standard work hours. Second, the incidence of works councils appears to be a quite robust mediating factor in how globalisation affects working time: among firms with no works councils, most measures of general globalisation tend to trigger more standard work hours, while among firms with works councils these effects become more favorable to workers (globalisation sparking fewer standard hours).

Hence, the firm-level patterns in Germany suggest that economic openness has important work-floor consequences. And building on a growing body of research showing how institutions mediate the effects of globalisation, the IAB data also show how firm-level institutional context appears similarly crucial to shaping the conditions of work and working time in an age of globalisation.

Roeterseilandcampus - building M

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam


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