UCLouvain Economics Seminar - Pierre Cahuc

February 09, 2017

12:45 - 2:00pm


Doyens 22

Pierre Cahuc

(Ecole Polytechnique et directeur du laboratoire de Macroéconomie du CREST (INSEE))

will give a presentation on

Short-time Work and Employment in the Great Recession in France


Short-time work increased dramatically in France in 2009, during the Great Recession. Relying on administrative data covering all French establishments, we find that short-time work has had a positive impact on employment for firms which faced dramatic drop in their revenue, but for the other firms. Nevertheless, we find that the cost per saved job is about 7% of the average labor cost of a job, which is very low relative to other policies aimed at sustaining employment, such as wage subsidies, hiring subsidies, or the creation of public jobs. These findings suggest that short-time work can be an effective way to save jobs when the economy is hit by a recession, but they also call for a careful design of short-time work schemes.
(Joint paper with Francis Kramarz, Sandra Nevoux)

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