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But the Hart IV reforms did not substantially degrade anything.

Before Hatz IV there were 2 completely parallel systems of welfare (unemployment benefits and classical welfare ("Sozialhilfe")). The Hartz reforms unified the systems in an attempt to make them more efficient. They also toyed with the procedural details of the system, also in order to increase efficiency and decrease cost.

It is open to debate if the desired effect actually happened.

Yes, there was a concerted effort to keep wage increases down. And, yes, that was a mixed blessing, to put it mildly.

OTOH, maybe you stop whining about the efficient Germans and start getting a little more efficient yourselves.

by cris0 on Tue Feb 14th, 2012 at 05:00:15 PM EST
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