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Sorry, but I have yet another question re your comment below :
The 35-hour week was applied in a period which saw the biggest net creation of jobs in France ever; and ever since it's been weakened by Chirac's various governments since 2002, the job creation performance has been much weaker. There may be no link, but it's equally hard to blame the 35-hour week for the lack of job creation...

In writing that "eversince it's been weakened by Chirac's various governments since 2002, the job creation has been much weaker", you make clear this is a causal relationship. Then you write "there may be no link" which is odd.
It would be really interesting to have more material on the actual impact of the 35-hour week on the job creation. Indeed, as I mentioned, the 39-hour week put in place by Mitterrand had a ludicrously small impact on job creation.

  1. the 35 hour week did certainly work in small to medium size companies, and in specific business sectors. This certainly was not the case in big companies or for positions requiring very acute skills or specific expertise, on tasks where you cannot just split a workload in two. What happened is that the same workload had to be executed over a reduced timescale, because of the 35-hour week regulations imposed on the companies, thus putting staff under extreme pressure, especially experts and middle-management.

  2.  the effect of work time reduction cannot be properly assessed without being put into perspective with company creation figures, overall economic growth, etc.  
Now that would be really interesting, but the task rests with you. Me just popping out of lurkedom to help out.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 07:44:57 AM EST
I interpret this
eversince it's been weakened by Chirac's various governments since 2002, the job creation has been much weaker
as pointing out a correlation, and this
there may be no link
as hedging his bets by pointing out that "correlation is not causation".

I think it would be better if Jerome came out and actually argued that there is causation, because then we'd have a falsifiable hypothesis, but he's being a politician. </snark>

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 07:48:34 AM EST
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and good he is writing as one at last ! We all wondered when he would come clear on that :)

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 08:06:14 AM EST
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Try www.google.com
Type "rapport créations emplois 35 heures"
Press "chercher"

Find this: http://www.legrandsoir.info/article.php3?id_article=1722

Extract this quote:


Oui, la RTT a créé des emplois : 350 000 selon la DARES, 400 000 selon la CDC, 500 000 selon l'IRES.

Go to www.google.com
Type "35 heures DARES"

Find this great site with lots of links: http://hussonet.free.fr/35h.htm

Open this one in particular: http://hussonet.free.fr/35asken.pdf (pdf)

Extract this:


Abstract: This text gives an analytical review of the first main estimations of the impacts of the Aubry's law on employment in France. Both macro and micro approaches seem to converge to about 300 000 net job creations in the short-term, mainly in pioneer firms ("Aubry I" firms). However, because these first movers have made the choice to anticipate the legal commitment, these estimations can be affected by an auto-selection bias. The latter have not been yet robustly corrected. Further researches are thus required to confirm positive impacts of shorter working time on employment.

As one would say: pas besoin d'avoir fait Polytechnique...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 07:59:36 AM EST
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pas besoin d'avoir fait Polytechnique...
So that's how you say "It's not rocket science" in French ;-)

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 08:00:26 AM EST
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Indeed !
But you know I am really lazy Jérôme, plus while at the office, I am expected to be working right now (as many of us), so thank you for extracting that for me.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 08:08:36 AM EST
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Exactement.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 09:32:36 AM EST
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